The joy of our hearts has ceased

The joy of our hearts has ceased;
our dancing has been turned to mourning.

Lamentations 5:15

The fields are empty – the sowers have fled,
the schools are empty – the children are taken,
the clinics are empty – there is no medicine.

The camps are full
full of the homeless, the hungry, the desperate
full of the heart-sore, the violated, the traumatised.

Lord,
drive fear and despair from the full places,
fill the empty places with hope for the future.
Amen.