By David Coy
If we were to put this season into few words, we would probably come up with many different descriptives – love, hope, family, fellowship, good tidings and cheer, just to name some. It is also a reminder of the unending potential for hope and the importance of relationships and family. Metaphorically, we will look at an ancient writing that highlights relationships in times of suffering that at the same time emphasizes hope for the future. This is in my judgment exactly what is needed for those who may not be excited about the approaching holiday. It is my goal to spread cheer, good tidings hope, love and that no one is alone this season. We are all in this together.
It could be said the writing of Lamentations is the work of one person with a broken heart. It has been described as a funeral song. Yet, despite this seemingly very sad description it also provides a message that is not hopeless. It is possible for positive change for the future. We can see the alternating visual going from a community of people to an individual and back again. Relationships and family are seen to be very important and significant throughout history. This especially is true when our heart is broken and or we are suffering. When we lose a loved one, we are in need of support from those around us whether they are family or friends or others. As illustration at the time Jesus hung upon the cross his mother, and the disciple were present. Jesus told the disciple John, behold your mother and to his mother he said, behold your son (John 19:26-27). He did this so his mother was not alone and would be cared for after he (Jesus) died. Relationships, family, friends…this is what is important in our lives. Build them, support them, mend and heal them.
This is Sunrise Aftercare.