Lamentations is Jeremiah’s poetic expression of his personal crisis of faith, the tension between what Jeremiah sees — the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon — and what he intuitively believes about the nature of God; essentially that God is good. That the present suffering has a higher purpose.

This is the age-old dichotomy, the struggle between faith and reason. The prophets, the priests, and the mystics have wrestled with this throughout history. The conflict of the ego and higher self.

We suffer to end all suffering. Awakening is usually the result of an overwhelming crisis. Peace rises out of troubled waters.

In the end, Jeremiah’s faith, his higher self’s intuition, wins out. We see this through his declarations.

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”

In years gone by, when I was an avid student of the scriptures, during troubled times, I found comfort from Lamentations.

The last ten years or so I learn, have learned, will learn to turn inward to drink from the tranquil pools.

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