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Ghost Town Soul Lamentations 1:1-6

Ghost Town Soul

“The Lord is our portion” when we trust in him.


The American West has its share of ghost towns — towns that are no longer towns. Only the skeletal remains of old hotels, saloons and stores remain, some of them barely standing. Many used to be mining towns. But when the mines gave out, the people left. Images of these ghost towns find an echo in the opening lines of today’s reading from Lamentations.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Small Steps,” October 7, 2007.


“How deserted lies the city, once so full of people” (v. 1 NIV).

These might be the words of a tourist who is visiting Animas Forks, Colorado, or Bannack, Montana.

These two towns are no longer towns — at least not in a conventional sense. They’re “ghost towns,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “a shadowy semblance of its former self.”

Perhaps you’ve journeyed through the “Old West” and come across a few of...

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