Ann Weems writes in her Psalms of Lament how the stars fell from her sky on the day her son was killed in a car accident on his 21st birthday, taking away the promise of his future. Jeremiah mourns the day when the Babylonian armies overpower the land and people of Israel, seemingly taking away the promised future God had given them. Grief is upon him and he mourns in dismay. Ann Weems is empathetic with Jeremiah and with all God's people who question their future, who are distraught by the vicissitudes of life: "Turn back to me; you promised. Be merciful to me; you promised.
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David has abused his position as king to murder a man and steal his wife. His greatest concern seems to have been keeping up appearances. Even he can see the injustice, however, when confronted by the prophet Nathan’s parable. Nathan reminds David of all God has done for him, but he has not lived a life worthy of his calling
Contents “Seeing Your Sin” by Peter Andrew Smith “Finally Home” by David O. Bales “It’s How You Speak the Truth” by David O. Bales
Seeing Your Sins by Peter Andrew Smith 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a
Sally watched Joe make his way toward the group of other preschoolers playing in the church hall. She started forward when he stumbled and looked like he was going to fall but stopped when he stayed upright. She stepped back as he laughed upon reaching his friends.
"Do you want a sandwich?" asked Tony's mum. Tony was eyeing the cake, but he thought it was unlikely his mother would let him have any cake until he'd eaten a sandwich or two.
"Oh, all right," he muttered, ungraciously. He reached across the picnic table for a ham sandwich. He removed the top layer of bread to check whether there was mustard on the ham. He didn't like mustard. The ham was clear, so Tony lifted it out of the bread and ate it. While his mother wasn't looking, he crumbled the bread and tossed it to the seagulls.
We had a very tasty meal. So when the tour guide said, "Let's load the bus and visit the site," I think I was near the front of the line. Lunch that day was pita bread and tilapia, a round thin fish that resembles a sunfish. Our destination was Tabgha, a spot on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is a couple of stones' throw from the ruins of Capernaum, at the bottom of the hill where Jesus gave the Beatitudes.