But you, O Lord, reign forever;
your throne endures to all generations.
20 Why have you forgotten us completely?
Why have you forsaken us these many days?
21 Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored;
renew our days as of old--
22 unless you have utterly rejected us
and are angry with us beyond measure
Reflection. Jeremiah comes to the end of his lament. He recognises and remembers that Gid is sovereign and reigns eternally. Then he cries out for help. I am struck by the order of Jeremiah's approach and how it differs from mine. When things are difficult, I cry out for help. Perhaps, reflecting on the greatness of God first might be better. Perhaps, we all ought to give this a pause for thought. No matter our present circumstances, God is worthy of our praise and worship.
Notice too, that Jeremiah wonders whether we might gave gone beyond the pale and God might abandon us completely. Be reassured, that will never happen, and has never happened. As St Paul puts it in Romans 8, God did not withhold His only Son, and that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Prayer. Lord God Almighty, come to us in our time of need, we pray. For Jesus' sake. Amen.