Lent Devotions: Day 22
Read: Lamentations 3:1-9; Jeremiah 7:16-20
Writing from the Tomb
He has made me sit in darkness like the dead of long ago. (Lamentations 3:6)
I wish I kept a regular journal. Writing is a way to let a hurricane swirl of thoughts and emotions out and begin to understand what one is experiencing. My sporadic journaling always comes after some personal crisis or deep hurt and is a way of freeing myself from an emotional tomb being built around me.
Similarly, Jeremiah experiences despair as a tomb: “He has walled me about so that I cannot escape” (Lamentations 3:7) and “He has blocked my ways with hewn stones” (Lamentations 3:9). Jeremiah’s way of dealing with this emotional tomb was to write about it.
The calling to be God’s prophet was a terrible burden. Throughout Jeremiah’s career, God warns him, “Do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you” (Jeremiah 7:16). “My anger and my wrath shall be poured out on this place” (Jeremiah 7:20), and all of Israel’s suffering and lament were subsequently expressed by Jeremiah.
There is liberation in lament when we acknowledge our pain and express it. Lent is an opportunity for us to voice our deep disappointments and frustrations to God and ask him for comfort and rescue. As Lent continues, consider the example of Jeremiah. Try journaling and writing down your prayers and laments. —Cody Raak
Prayer: Lord, hear us as we pray from the tombs of our hurts, and answer us quickly.