The arrival of Easter 2021 is greeted by a world traumatized by a deadly pandemic.
It seems everything we have counted on to bring meaning into our lives has suddenly been canceled by the horrific disease. Millions of lives have been shortened. We all know someone or some family impacted by the disease. We have lived in traumatic exile for a year.
We have lived our days fearing the worst for our own lives and those of our loved ones and neighbors. We have taken the precautions as recommended by the scientists but with each sneeze or ill-feeling, we wonder if we too might fall victim to the deadly disease. This is the definition of a pandemic. It traumatizes an entire generation and we look for any evidence of hope. Perhaps we find that hope in the prophecy of Isaiah 2,500 years ago.
The Old Testament book of Lamentations provides a glimpse of the horrific life among approximately 20,000 Jewish people living in exile in Babylon 2500 years ago. They had been deported from their home land in Judah to Babylon in where they remained in exile for 70 years. Their deportation by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon resulted in the