Lamentations 3, 49 – 57
Something to read
My eyes will flow without ceasing,
until the Lord from heaven
looks down and sees.
My eyes cause me grief
at the fate of all the young women in my city.
Those who were my enemies without cause
have hunted me like a bird;
they flung me alive into a pit
and hurled stones on me;
water closed over my head;
I said, ‘I am lost.’
I called on your name, O Lord,
from the depths of the pit;
you heard my plea, ‘Do not close your ear
to my cry for help, but give me relief!’
You came near when I called on you;
you said, ‘Do not fear!’
Something to think about
Lamentations starts with Jerusalem figuratively described as a sad and lonely widow. In our passage for today the writer grieves over what’s happened to the young women of the city. It’s always those who are the most vulnerable who are hit hardest at times of crisis.
Christian Aid focuses strongly on gender and the role of women in poverty eradication. This is because the majority of the world’s poor are women, with certain groups particularly vulnerable to poverty, such as women farmers, migrants and women with disabilities.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, even though women are major producers of food crops, in most of the world women lag well behind men in ownership of agricultural land and access to income from land.
Christian Aid works in Afghanistan to help women gain access to employment and education, as well as protecting their rights.
Our partner, the Skills Training and Rehabilitation Society (STARS) was established in 1997, and has been a Christian Aid partner since 2007. Their mission is to provide support to vulnerable groups of Afghan society for social and economic development, particularly for women.
Something to do
Read about Christian Aid’s work in Afghanistan, including the work of STARS.
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Something to pray
God of boundless love,
Pour your blessing on all who the world reject,
All who are stigmatised
by gender, race, religion, profession, sexuality or health.
Work through us to give them dignity.
And when we are complicit
in systems that demean or stigmatise others,
Heal us and make us whole.
Today’s contributor is David Muir, Christian Aid’s Senior Regional Co-ordinator for its South East region