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Lament


Our reading from the Narrative Lectionary this week is Job 3:1-10.  Job has just lost his business, his employees, his livestock, and then even his children.  His first response is to mourn the loss and bless the Lord.  As the days march on, before he receives another round of trouble, he laments.  Given all that is happening in the world recently, businesses destroyed, unprecedented unemployment, and the loss of far too many lives, may the lament of Job speak for itself:

1-2 Then Job broke the silence. He spoke up and cursed his fate:

3-10 “Obliterate the day I was born.
    Blank out the night I was conceived!
Let it be a black hole in space.
    May God above forget it ever happened.
    Erase it from the books!
May the day of my birth be buried in deep darkness,
    shrouded by the fog,
    swallowed by the night.
And the night of my conception—the devil take it!
    Rip the date off the calendar,
    delete it from the almanac.
Oh, turn that night into pure nothingness—
    no sounds of pleasure from that night, ever!
May those who are good at cursing curse that day.
    Unleash the sea beast, Leviathan, on it.
May its morning stars turn to black cinders,
    waiting for a daylight that never comes,
    never once seeing the first light of dawn.
And why? Because it released me from my mother’s womb
    into a life with so much trouble. (Job 3:1-10 MSG)

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