Devotions for Lent–Lament

Let those who plant with tears reap the harvest with joyful shouts. Let those who go out, crying and carrying their seed, come home with joyful shouts, carrying bales of grain! (Psa 126:5-6 CEB)

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin L. King

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Martin L. King

What do you see on television, news or internet that makes you cry? Crying is a natural response human have to a range of emotions, including sadness, grief, joy, and frustration. I was once told that we should ask God to show us how his heart feels, a prayer that I prayed and have never been the same since.

Yesterday I was responding to their response to my post on Facebook. I posted the following: The Civil War remains the deadliest war the United States has ever waged. The latest estimates show that between 650,000 and 850,000 people died.  We learned nothing! We’re still killing each other whether they be Muslim, immigrant, Gay, poor or just a different opinion.  We can’t accept the greater diversity that has already made America great.

They responded with, “what about Korea, and Afganistan?” To which I responded, “and Yemen, Syria, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico.” I dawned on me that the list goes on; I hadn’t even mentioned the atrocities of slavery, and ‘Jim Crow.’ How must God feel, and what is our response, do we really care? The tears that we shed are not wasted, the psalmist says, “You’ve kept track of all my wandering and my weeping. You’ve stored my many tears in your bottle—not one will be lost. For they are all recorded in your book of remembrance. (Ps 56:8, TPT)

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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