Lamentations 2:11-12 (JDV)
Lamentations 2:11 My eyes are worn out from weeping; I am churning within. My heart is poured out in grief because of the destruction of my dear people, because infants and nursing babies pass out in the streets of the city.
Lamentations 2:12 They cry out to their mothers, “Where is the grain and wine?” as they pass out like the wounded in the streets of the city, as their throat spills out in the arms of their mothers.
I remember the horrible feeling I felt one day when as a missionary in the Philippines I encountered a young mother with an extremely malnourished infant. This is something you never want to happen, and it does something to you when you see it. The Lamenter has seen it, and it left him churning within.
Oh God, preserve us from this terrible judgment. Bring us back to yourself, so that we experience your kindness, not your wrath.