15. September 2009

When Life Gives You Lemons . . .

Posted in Uncategorized at 14:26 by dresdensooner

Pre-lemonadeThere is a saying in English: When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. The message tells us to take our problems and find a way to turn them into benefits. Lemons by themselves are sour, but add some sugar and water and perhaps special ingredient and suddenly you have a refreshing drink. That sounds easy enough, right?

But what do you do if all you have is lemons? No water in sight and certainly no sugar. I am sure we have all felt hopelessness at oneToo many lemons time or another, a time when there seemed to be only problems with no way around them and no one to help. Starting in October we are going to be reading through a book from the old testament called Lamentations or Klagelieder in German. It is a book of poems describing the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and the location of God’s temple. As God’s chosen people, the Israelites expected Jerusalem to stand forever. Imagine how they felt after their city was besieged, defeated and plundered. After most of the inhabitants were led away into captivity and those left behind had to cope with a desolate city, these laments were written to describe how utterly lost the Israelites felt.

How did they respond? What did they do? How did they cope with the lowest point in their lives? These are questions we are going to answer during this study. I know that the answers we find together will help us deal with our own problems today. I hope you will join us.


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