Thursday, February 22, 2024


Today’s Reading: Lamentations 1-2

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There are many covered stone streets in the Old City of Jerusalem. In this picture, one orthodox Jew walks up an incline. Imagine Jeremiah, who was left behind in Jerusalem, after most of the people were taken captive to Babylon.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verses: Lamentations 2:11

My eyes fail with tears,

My heart is troubled;

My bile is poured on the ground

Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people,

Because the children and the infants

Faint in the streets of the city.


According to the dictionary, a “lament” is a poem expressing passionate grief or sorrow. “Lamentations” is such a poem. Each chapter in this book contains 22 stanzas, but chapter three has 66 (22×3). Each stanza begins with the succeeding letter of the Hebrew 22-letter alphabet. Jeremiah’s prophecies came true, and he had every right to say, “I told you so!” He not only knew the Word of God, he knew the heart of God! Here in chapters 1 & 2, Jeremiah cannot stop weeping. Can we hear the weeping in the voice of Jesus when He said of Jerusalem the words found in Matthew 23:34-37. Jesus ministered in person in Jerusalem, as did Jeremiah. Shortly before the next great destruction of Jerusalem, Jesus is recorded saying the words of Matthew 24:6-14.


Lord God, I pray for the same heart of compassion and grief as was evident in Jeremiah and in Jesus. Grant me, I ask, the strength to bear a burden of intercession for my country and its great cities, towns, villages and country areas. Increase my capacity to care for people who are all very precious and of infinite value to You. I pray in the Name of the One who cared more than anyone else for people, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!!!


The photo below shows the street lights of Burlington and the lights on the Burlington Skyway Bridge over the entrance to the Hamilton Harbour. The light is reflected off the snow and ice. The harbour is frozen over and the ships are docked at the wharfs for the winter. In the distance are the lights of the city of Hamilton. Fire is visible coming from the huge chimneys at the steel plants, Stelco and Dofasco. For a time I served as a pastor of a Hamilton congregation. Often early in the morning I would walk to the brow of the escarpment which overlooks Hamilton from the opposite direction from where this picture is taken. There I would pray over the needs of these cities, sometimes weeping as I cried out to God for His mercy and salvation to come to many more people. I am committed to prayer and to experiencing a greater manifestation of the caring heart of Jesus than ever before.

Yours for a heartfelt concern for people everywhere!


5 thoughts on “Thursday, February 22, 2024

  1. A great poem yesterday, William. It is so very hard, I’m certain, for family and friends, when one takes their life. We must pray for friends and acquaintances, and even strangers we pass, that God will minister to them. (He knows how to reach them because He knows them and their circumstances. We are blessed.

    • Doreen, Amen to your prayer and William’s
      poem. God hears our prayers, bless His Holy
      Name. May His Perfect Will be done, in Jesus’
      Name I pray, Amen.

    • Thanks,Doreen.I am/was just his pen,his ‘scribe’.This adds to those previous poems:

      Satan blends his thoughts with yours,
      You think they came from you,
      For his goal is to close all doors,
      To control everything you do.

      He starts this at an early age,
      His lies make you the liar
      And if you are in a rage,
      That’s when you fuel his hellfire.

      But just like Satan who sneaks in,
      There is Another who is true,
      For He knows well about sin
      And what Satan wants with you.

      He will only enter if invited,
      A slave is not His goal,
      He seeks a fire be ignited
      From within to make you whole.
      G W(Bill) Marshall / 13 June, 2013

  2. Amen. We are so blessed. Praying for the leaders of our country from the highest offices to the local ones, school boards etc. That they all learn God’s word and govern accordingly. They have the strength and conviction to turn evil away, that they quit indoctrinating our children with evil, teach them God’s word. Blessings all

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