August 11: Tisha b’Av

Israel mourns

As these sad days of Tisha b’Av come to an end, we rejoice in God’s absolute promise to gather the Jewish people and return them to Jerusalem. They will worship in the beauty of holiness.

Lamentations 5:15-18

15 There isn’t any joy in our hearts.
    Our dancing has turned into mourning.
16 All of our honor is gone.
    How terrible it is for us because we have sinned!
17 So our hearts are weak.
    Our eyes can’t see very clearly.
18 Mount Zion has been deserted.
    Wild dogs are prowling all around on it.

PRAY FOR ISRAEL TO UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN AGAINST GOD

Roman soldiers carry off the sacred Menorah. Part of the Arch of Titus in Rome.

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