However, Lamentations also provides words of comfort and insight that speak to other times of grief and loss. Lamentations reminds us of the consequences of unfaithfulness. When the people were warned, God meant it.
Suddenly, the solitude and peacefulness is shattered by the sound of two military jets shrieking back towards the nearby airbase. As I cover my ears and look scornfully towards them, a sport fishing boat comes blasting out of the mangroves with horsepower ensnared in its outboard motors.
For the remainder of the day my mind could not stop thinking about what I wish I could have said to them. If only we could have shared a beer and some grilled fish and some open-mindedness, I would have tried to give them a different perspective on the true essence of that sound. These are the politicians, the religious leaders, the media owners, and the corporate tycoons who shape our way of looking at the world.
And even more sadly and tragically, it is a grim reminder of how we accept their deceptions without even questioning their truthfulness. We have never known the wrath of outside invaders, whether they were on horseback, in tanks or in supersonic aircraft.
Our towns have never been bombed, our children killed and our wives and sisters raped. But much of the world has experienced this. And in some places they have repeatedly suffered this grotesque horror down through the centuries.
When we hear the roar of a combat jet overhead, it is just an aircraft that is practicing for a mission far, far away. Many of us would look skyward and be proud of the young top gun pilot who is protecting our way of life.
The fierce noise that it makes is merely a minor nuisance in our daily lives, and it presents no danger to us whatsoever.
That evil supersonic dragon screeching in from the horizon could transform her beautiful daughter, full of life and laughter, into a pulp of bloody, burning flesh.
And it makes no sense. Should one ever kill innocents because some people believe that their political system is better than the political system of some other people?
If The Malignant Authorities of some other country sent their jets into your skies to bomb you into adopting their political system would you find that acceptable? No, you would not. And yet you permit your own government to do just that! But what is even worse is the fact that the true motivation for sending in the bombers probably had very little to do with spreading democracy and a whole lot to do with capturing territory or gaining control of some valuable natural resource.
Somewhere, deep within that mourning mother, there is probably the realization that this whole nightmare is an accident of geography. If her family lived in a place that did not have oil flowing beneath the ground there would be no attack, there would be no mutilation, and there would be no everlasting yearning for her lost child.
I have been trying to climb inside the head of the tormented mother with her dead daughter in her arms, and imagine what she thinks of the pilot of that despicable plane. Does she wonder how he could be smart enough to fly one of those complicated machines and yet too dumb to realize the true consequences of his actions?
Does she question whether he has ever had to actually witness the severed bones, the spewing guts and the smoking hair of his victims? Does she believe that he is not a hero but a coward since he rains this murderous horror from the sky and yet is rarely in any danger of being shot down himself due to the superiority of his technology?
Does she suspect that he has been so warped by an adolescence spent in front of violent video games that he can no longer distinguish between actual carnage and electronic destruction? Does she cringe when she realizes that by spreading lifelong misery he is a hero in his homeland and is guaranteed a high-paying airline job when his military days are over?
Does she think any or all of these things? When she hears the echo of that jet down the tormented decades of her life, will she hear the sound of freedom… or will she hear the sound of butchery?Lamentations 1. The Utter Destruction of Babylon.
51 Thus says the L ord: 25 and from the city he took an officer who had been in command of the men of war, and y seven men of the king's council, who were found in the city; Lamentations How Lonely Sits the City. 1 a How lonely sits the city.
that was full of people! Mar 15, · War and Peace in Ireland (Part 5 of 9) costly war in and the birth of a peace process in the early 's that ultimately led to the IRA cease fires .
Lantern Lit Lamentation Ceremonies recognise the sorrows of war - a shared human narrative that brings us together in harmony - for peace and the sustaining earth. Media Release 24 July Lamenting the Militarisation of our History and Culture.
Local peace activists will be commemorating the eve of the beginning of the First World War with a lantern-lit lamentation which will assemble at the Cairns Cenotaph and parade along the Cairns Esplanade.
Peace is like salt which seasons all our meat, Till envious war doth poison all we eat. War, like the horseleech, calls for human blood And ruins all things like the unruly flood Or raging fire.
I do prefer by far An unjust peace before the justest war. Welcome, sweet peace, which makes all things complete And gives us grapes from our own vines to eat. Just as the name Absalom (“father is peace”) and šālôm/š–l-m dramatically and ironically emphasize the absence of “peace” between father and son in the David-Absalom cycle (2 Samuel 13–20), Zeniff’s juxtaposition of the name Shilom alternatively with “peace” .