Cry for restoration
On this day when Israel mourns the destruction of the Temple, let us remember that God is ready and willing to forgive and to bless. He is waiting for Israel to repent and return to Him.
When God’s face looks upon Israel the affect is His blessing. When He turns His face, the result is pain and suffering. Israel finally understands the uniqueness of her relationship with God. She pleads with Him not to forget His covenant with her and once again “shine His countenance upon her and give her peace.”
You, O Lord, remain forever;
Your throne from generation to generation.
Why do You forget us forever,
And forsake us for so long a time?
Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored;
Renew our days as of old,
Unless You have utterly rejected us,
And are very angry with us!