Lament – I think we’ve talked about lament before. To lament is to feel, show, or express grief, sorrow or regret; to mourn deeply; and to cry out in grief or wail.
This is a time when lament is pouring out whether we name it or not. Lament for the 100,000+ lives lost to COVID-19; for the unjust deaths of George Lloyd, Breonna Tayler, Ahmaud Arbery and countless unnamed individuals; for the rioting and political unrest here and abroad; for the millions who are unemployed; for the fear and anxiety stemming from the pandemic; and the loss of human contact among so many.
God is with us. God is with us. God is with us.
And yet, it doesn’t feel like God is with us. So we turn to the Psalms a place where we find lament named and cried out in the Bible.
Psalm 42 is a good place to turn.
Just like a deer that craves streams of water, my whole beingcraves you, God. My whole being thirsts for God, for the living God. When will I come and see God’s face? (vs 1-2)
Why, I ask myself, are you so depressed? Why are you so upset inside? Hope in God! Because I will again give him thanks, my saving presence and my God. (vs 11)
We gather tomorrow at 10:00 am via the stream to remind one another of our hope in God when it’s hard to remember.
And, we will share that hope in God on Sunday, June 7 as the stream will be broadcast on location at Great Beginnings Café with free breakfast served to the community.
Why, I ask myself, are you so depressed? Why are you so upset inside? Hope in God! Because I will again give him thanks, my saving presence and my God. (vs 5)
Grace be with you,