Lament

"The Hebrew Scriptures [Old Testament] are filled with prayers of crying out to God. Prayers of Lament give form and voice to our grief, a space to wail and name what is not right in the world in the context of prayer. The prayer of lament is first and foremost truth-telling, it begins by challenging the way things are. Lament names that something is not right in the world." --- Christine Valters Paintner

Doesn’t it seem like there is not much right in the world? Our hearts break. God’s heart breaks. And yet…the light comes shining through.

When you don’t know what to pray, the Psalms are a great place to start. And, when you’re angry or mourning deep within, these Psalms of lament work well: Psalm 10, 13, 61, 80, or 88.

Psalm 10 starts out like this: “God, are you avoiding me? Where are you when I need you?” (MSG) Now, that’s a prayer.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 am as we begin our sermon series, “The Spirituality of U2”. Belief – how can we believe in times like this? When we still haven’t found what we’re looking for?

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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