I have written about this profoundly important topic before,
just last month, in fact,
and if you have not already read that post,
you can find it here.
Over the days that remain in this 31-Day challenge,
I’ll be writing about a whole slew of topics,
some of them sweet,
some potentially life-changing.
But here is no other topic that is as close to my heart,
nor as important to the church
as this one right here:
Lament is a language we all once knew,
and, I believe, we still know, somewhere deep down inside.
But for a long list of reasons,
the contemporary church,
most especially the contemporary
has forgotten how to speak it.
More importantly, perhaps,
it has forgotten how to hear it,
how to sit with another as they speak it.
We talked yesterday about listening –
about how important it is to listen to ourselves,
to listen to God,
and to listen to one another.
I intentionally put that topic right next to this one
because if we learn how to listen well,
I believe we will re-discover the language of lament.
We live in a beautiful, broken world.
And we are beautiful, broken creatures.
There needs to be room to affirm that brokenness,
to acknowledge it without losing ourselves to
fear or despair.
When we learn to speak the language of lament,
just like the psalmists did,
just like JESUS did,
we find that room,
and the ability to breathe deeply,
to sigh in recognition and relief.
Can you give yourself permission to lament when you need to?
To weep, or wail, or shake your fist?
God can take it.
In fact, God invites it.