How Lonely Sits the City

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Lamentations 1:1-11

Having finished the book of Jeremiah we turn now to the book of Lamentations, which for 2500 years has been considered Jeremiah’s work also. Except for one verse (3:23), most of us find Lamentations too sad for our devotional reading. Perhaps when we have finished our eleven readings we will have a new awareness of why God had this book included in the Canon.

Tears are not today’s common response to the collapse of a country, the closing of a school, or the loss of a battle. At a funeral, but not at the demise of any kind of corporate body. Anger, perhaps, or frustration, or disgust, or outrage, or despair, or the determination to get revenge. But not tears. No lamentations. If the whole Reformed Church in America were to shrivel up and die, what would you and I do? Probably shrug our shoulders and look for another church.

In this book we are in a different world. Jeremiah has a passion for the “chosen race, the royal priesthood, the holy nation, God’s own people.” For Jeremiah God’s promises were to the body, to the people, to the nation. Should we be a little more like that?


Lord, forgive us for being so centered on ourselves that we care little for the well-being of the Body of Christ. And give us a concern for the well-being of our nation also. In Jesus’ name. Amen.