I just finished reading Lamentations again. It’s one of the saddest books of the Bible . . . the saddest because it all could’ve been different. If only the people and their priests and their elders had not continually thumbed their collective nose at Almighty God. If only they had listened to their prophets who begged them again and again to turn from their sins. But they’d have none of it. Long before Sinatra sang the lyrics, they and their religious leaders lived their lives their way — and not God’s. It could have been different, but it was not. Fast forward 2500 years. We, our priests, and pastors, and deacons, and bishops – we could all learn valuable lessons from an annual, prayerful, and humble reading of this book.