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

Source: biblehub.com

3 Bones You Need to Thrive in Life and that Extra Bone Dr Seuss Thinks You Need

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Hope you didn’t break any bones there trying that routine 🙂

 

DO YOU HAVE A WISHBONE?

SPACE. THE LAST FRONTIER. BOLDLY GO WHERE NO MAN HAS EVER GONE BEFORE . 

Credit: Paramount Pictures

HOW WELL ALIGNED IS THAT BACKBONE?

DREAM HIGH!  AND IF YOUR DREAMS COME FALLING  DOWN, REPAIR THAT BROKEN WING.

REACH UP AGAIN, SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND SOAR LIKE A BIRD

THAT”S SO BRAINY FUNNY! AND TO THINK I THOUGHT UP THAT MYSELF!

There you have it, 3 bones — your wishbone, your backbone, and your funny bone.

I think Reba might have forgotten one. We certainly can’t go through life without this one, can we now?

Ladies and Gentlemen,  for life to rhyme, we’ve gotta have

A BRAIN BONE?

(CAN SHE BE SERIOUS?)

Do you have all four bones connected? Are you holding onto your dreams, standing up and demanding what you need, laughing at yourself and life when you make mistakes? Do have those shoes on and a compass in your brain about the direction you want your life to take? Kudos to You.

Well, you know, I don’t have all that together in a way that would please my chiropractor :),  but I’m working on it. If you have all those bones well connected, then more power to you. Dr Seuss says to keep going. We should celebrate life with nonsense, Dr Seuss advises, So how ’bout you tickling that old funny bone and doing the skeleton dance with me?

Credit: http://www.supersimplesongs.com

So, you do have a funny bone. The rest of you who didn’t tap a toe to that song… GET A FUNNY BONE! Survival Tip 101.

Okay, Okay! Let’s not get it twisted! Enough about bones. It’s not Halloween!

Before you go, it would be a crime to visit, leave and not share with me.

Tell me which of Reba’s three bones you believe you lack in one word — funny bone,  back bone, wish bone, or Seuss’ brain bone. I think I have a fairly strong wishbone, and funny bone, but need to build up the other two, in terms of staying the course (need the brain bone for this) and being more assertive or just grow more of backbone) . How about you?

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Disclaimer: Contrary to any suggestions in tjis post, I don’t believe in ghost and skeletons or Halloween for that matter. This discourse was about bones and the value of three, no, make that four such bones.