“My eyes fail because of tears; my spirit is greatly troubled; my heart is poured out on the earth because of the destruction of the daughter of my people, when little ones and infants faint in the streets of the city” - Lamentations 2:11 (NASB).
Jeremiah expresses the concern for his people. He is heartbroken because of the sins and destruction that he sees all around him. He cries to the point where he can’t see. He is hurt because youth are losing their lives. He is hurt because people have abandoned God. He hurts because God’s people are not functioning as God’s people.
Many times our tears are shed for ourselves. There is something that we are experiencing in our own lives that moves us to weep. And there is nothing wrong with that. However, when was the last time your spirit was troubled because of what others were experiencing? Have we gotten so accustomed to senseless acts of violence, police shootings, attacks on law enforcement and first responders that we no longer feel compassion in our hearts and brokenness in our souls? Are we so wrapped up in our own lives that we don’t even notice what is going on in the lives of others?
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