Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Let your hearts be broken, not your garments torn..... the words of the prophet Joel for us in these days:

But now, now ---- it is the LORD who speaks ----
come back to me with all your heart,
fasting, weeping, mourning.
Let your hearts be broken, not your garments torn,
turn to the LORD your God again,
for he is all tenderness and compassion,
slow to anger, rich in graciousness,
and ready to relent.
Who knows if he will not turn again, will not relent,
will not leave a blessing as he passes,
oblation and libation
for the LORD your God?

Sound a trumpet in Zion!
Order a fast,
proclaim a solemn assembly,
call the people together,
summon the community,
assemble the elders,
gather the children,
even the infants at the breast.
Let the bridegroom leave his bedroom
and the bride her alcove.
Between the vestibule and altar let the priests,
the ministers of the LORD, lament.
Let them say,
"Spare your people, LORD!
Do not make your heritage a thing of shame,
a byword for the nations.
Why should it be said among the nations,
'Where is their God?' "

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