Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Anniversary

21But this I call to mind,
   and therefore I have hope:

22The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,*
   his mercies never come to an end;
23they are new every morning;
   great is your faithfulness.
24'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul,
   'therefore I will hope in him.'

25The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
   to the soul that seeks him.
26It is good that one should wait quietly
   for the salvation of the Lord.
27It is good for one to bear
   the yoke in youth,
28to sit alone in silence
   when the Lord has imposed it,
29to put one's mouth to the dust
   (there may yet be hope),
30to give one's cheek to the smiter,
   and be filled with insults.

31For the Lord will not
   reject for ever.
32Although he causes grief, he will have compassion
   according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33for he does not willingly afflict
   or grieve anyone.

- Lamentations 3:21-22

Today is the first anniversary of my father's death.  It's still hard to understand, but the hope I have in the Lord gives me some peace.

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