“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” –Lamentations 3:22-23

robarchekI discovered the book of Lamentations during a sermon series at my church in Lake Norman about a decade ago. The whiner and complainer in me was so happy to know that when the bad stuff of life rained down, I could grouse and complain and generally be a major nuisance.

Lamentations (as a writer, I even love the sound of that old-fashioned word) is a short book of songs composed after Jerusalem was sacked by the Babylonians in 586 BC, maybe by the prophet Jeremiah. He starts out, “How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! How like a widow she has become…She weeps bitterly in the night…”

I’ve certainly been there. Maybe you have, too.

But in the book of Lamentations, I discovered that even in the middle of all the wailing and the bitterness, the prophet Jeremiah found gratitude: “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:24)

Gratitude is the spiritual practice that keeps me grounded in hope. When I practice gratitude daily, by reviewing my day through the prism of gratitude, it not only reframes the way I feel about my day and my life. It also reminds me that God is my source for all that is good in my life. The Lord is, indeed, my portion. And my portion is abundant. All I have to do is stop to recognize it, and not just in this month of Thanksgiving, but daily. Especially when my inclination is to lapse into lamentations.

–Peg Robarchek, Communications Administrator