Thursday, April 9, 2009

Good Friday

1 I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath;
he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light;
surely against me he turns his hand again and again the whole day long.
He has made my flesh and my skin waste away, and broken my bones;
he has besieged and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation;
he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago.
He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has put heavy chains on me;
though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer;
he has blocked my ways with hewn stones, he has made my paths crooked.
He is to me like a bear lying in wait, like a lion in hiding;
he led me off my way and tore me to pieces; he has made me desolate;
he bent his bow and set me as a mark for his arrow.
He drove into my heart the arrows of his quiver;
I have become the laughingstock of all peoples, the burden of their songs all day long.
He has filled me with bitterness, he has sated me with wormwood.
He has made my teeth grind on gravel, and made me cower in ashes;
my soul is bereft of peace, I have forgotten what happiness is;
so I say, "Gone is my glory, and my expectation from the LORD."
Remember my affliction and my bitterness, the wormwood and the gall!
My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.
"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him."
The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

Book of Lamentations 3:1-26, RSV

1 comment:

Richard Norman said...

Hello Kathy

My name is Richard Norman.

For 30 years my wife and I ran Eden Workshops, a system of craft workshops at Downside Abbey in Somerset. We were primarily bookbinders but dabbled in marbling and printing.

In 2004 we closed our workshops and retired to the south west of France, where we have lived for the past 7 years.

We had a website during the last few years we were running the bindery, and to remain involved in bookbinding, and to keep me mentally active, I have devoted my efforts during the past 7 years to developing our website.

Eden Workshops is currently number 6 on page 1 of for the search term "bookbinding".

We have devoted a great deal of energy to our site, and it has a great deal of very high quality content.

We have an extensive system of link pages, and I am writing to ask you if you if you would be willing to exchange links with us.

Google will look very kindly on a link to our site, because we enjoy such high search engine ranking, so it would be to your advantage to consider this request.

You can find us at

Thank you for your time.

Kind Regards

Richard Norman

Eden Workshops
St Sulpice Lauriere
Home Tel: 0033 (0) 555 712142