Led to Lament // A Strange Comforter // Jeremiah 30:1-17 // May 10 2015

But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.
— Thomas Merton

With exile pressing on the people of Judah, God instructs the prophet Jeremiah to write a Book of Comfort. But this is no ordinary comfort. God mocks the people's expectation for healing, comparing it to men with stomach cramps who expect healing by giving birth. God tells Judah that her wound is past healing, impossible to mend. Yet, he promises, "of you, I will not make a full end." What sort of comfort is this? And what sort of Comforter?