Verse: "How deserted lies the city, once so full of people! How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave."
Insight: The first word of chapter one is "how", which is also the Hebrew name for Lamentations. The Jewish sages point out this same word and is used when God looks for Adam after he sinned and asks "where are you?". Just as God cast Adam out of Eden when he violated God's command, so too Israel was cast out of the land and the Temple destroyed.
Prayer: Lord forgive us for not fully respecting Your Word. We thank You for knowing where we are and turning our lamentations into praise. In Jesus Name.