Lamentations for a Garden: Beauty for Ashes

Lamentations 3 is the verse I wish to meditate on today. It’s the Bible book written by the prophet, Jeremiah.

Though he weeps to the Lord over his afflictions, yet he never stops trusting and praising God.

On days like today, I feel like Jeremiah. My heart is heavy within me. I feel like the Lord has made me chew on gravel and rolled in the dust. My peace has been stripped away, and in its place is turmoil. I feel like my beauty has become ashes. And everything I’ve hoped for is lost.

I have an urge to be in a  garden so I can have beautiful things clouding my vision. and I can inhale the sweet fragrances and hear the chortling of a stream, and absorb the sound of birds larking above me. I need to see the blue sky between the foliage of an oak tree. And feel the burn of the sun and the caress of wind on my arms. Outside in a real garden is where I want to be.

Lamentations 3 (New Living Translation) 

16 He has made me chew on gravel.

He has rolled me in the dust.

17Peace has been stripped away,

and I have forgotten what prosperity is.

18I cry out, “My splendor is gone!

Everything I had hoped for from the LORD is lost!”

19The thought of my suffering and homelessness

is bitter beyond words.a

20I will never forget this awful time,

as I grieve over my loss.

21Yet I still dare to hope

when I remember this:

22The faithful love of the LORD never ends!b

His mercies never cease.

23Great is his faithfulness;

his mercies begin afresh each morning.

24I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance;

therefore, I will hope in him!”

25The LORD is good to those who depend on him,

to those who search for him.

26So it is good to wait quietly

for salvation from the LORD.

27And it is good for people to submit at an early age

to the yoke of his discipline:

28Let them sit alone in silence

beneath the LORD’s demands.

29Let them lie face down in the dust,

for there may be hope at last.

30Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them

and accept the insults of their enemies.

31For no one is abandoned

by the Lord forever.

32Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion

because of the greatness of his unfailing love.

33For he does not enjoy hurting people

or causing them sorrow.

34If people crush underfoot

all the prisoners of the land,

35if they deprive others of their rights

in defiance of the Most High,

36if they twist justice in the courts—

doesn’t the Lord see all these things?

37Who can command things to happen

without the Lord’s permission?

38Does not the Most High

send both calamity and good?

39Then why should we, mere humans, complain

when we are punished for our sins?

40Instead, let us test and examine our ways.

Let us turn back to the LORD.

41Let us lift our hearts and hands

to God in heaven and say,

42“We have sinned and rebelled,

and you have not forgiven us.

Lamentation in the Garden



2 thoughts on “Lamentations for a Garden: Beauty for Ashes

  1. A lament weaved with hope…a balm for the weary soul. “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember…” I love this chapter, too, Karen. I pray it brings you great hope today as you remember His faithful love, His unceasing mercies, and His great faithfulness. I pray you find your “garden” where you can wait quietly for the Lord.


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