Lament. Scripture, reflection and prayer.
Hear this, you elders;
listen, all who live in the land.
Has anything like this ever happened in your days
or in the days of your ancestors?
3 Tell it to your children,
and let your children tell it to their children,
and their children to the next generation.
4 What the locust swarm has left
the great locusts have eaten;
what the great locusts have left
the young locusts have eaten;
what the young locusts have left
other locusts have eaten.
Reflection. This simple passage seems apposite for the UK today. Please remember we are working our way through beginnings and endings of the books of the Bible.
What a lament over the ruin of his country Joel offers. There is nothing left after the locusts have had their way: cutting locusts, swarming locusts, hopping locusts and, finally, destroying locusts (these descriptions are very close to the meanings in the original Hebrew). Between them they have eaten everything.
In the following verses the picture gets worse! Joel calls the people to lament in dismay. It is sackcloth and ashes time.
So, how can we respond when we see a nation in the doldrums? Should we wail in lament before our God?
Prayer. We cry out to you, O Lord our God, for our country. With the mind of Christ Jesus and in His nae. Amen