Scripture: Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-33
Key verses: (22-23) The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Reflection: On this Good Friday, we focus on the cross of Jesus Christ. The in-the-flesh embodiment of God’s love and grace submitted himself to the violent sinfulness of humanity and was killed in a horrible execution. We look to the cross as a sign of God’s steadfast love. God didn’t stop loving us even when we betrayed Jesus and inflicted horrible pain. We look to the cross as a sign of God’s never-ending mercy. God’s mercy is bigger and greater, wider and deeper, than any of our sin. We look to the cross as a sign of God’s faithfulness. When God could have abandoned us, God chose to stay faithful.
Lamentations was written in a time of historical disaster when the Babylonians destroyed the city of Jerusalem, exiled its leaders and occupied the land. The lament is an expression of deep pain and suffering. In the Hebrew Bible the book is named for the first word in Lamentations 1:1, “How.” How can this happen? How can we go on? How do we respond? In our current world, the lament seems appropriate.
The key verses from today’s passage in Lamentations are the basis for the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. In the midst of this sorrowful lament, the writer claims the faithfulness of God. Even in the midst of disaster, God’s love is steadfast. Even in the midst of pain, God’s mercy is never-ending. Even in the midst of suffering, God is faithful. Today, let us focus on the cross and know that even now, God is with us. God is faithful.
Prayer: Enjoy this beautiful version of the hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness as your prayer today.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].