Sometimes you just need to lament. “A passionate expression of grief or sorrow.”

It feels like we don’t always make room for lament. “Don’t worry, be happy.” “Get over it.” “No wallowing.” “How can I cheer you up?”

We need to be honest with our feelings and emotions. We need to know God can take our anger and hurt. We need to understand that we can’t control our way around suffering and pain. Usually, it’s in the time of our laments that we turn to God and God’s mercy and love. When everything is wonderful and happy, clappy, we don’t need God.

Lament is not a way of life, but it’s a season and a part of life. Embracing it allows us to acknowledge grief and sorrow and fall into the hands of our loving God.

Psalm 13 is a good example of that. Lament that bursts into praise. How? I don’t know, but I think the Holy Spirit honors our honest lament and gifts us with presence.

1-2 Long enough, God—
you’ve ignored me long enough.
I’ve looked at the back of your head
long enough. Long enough
I’ve carried this ton of trouble,
lived with a stomach full of pain.
Long enough my arrogant enemies
have looked down their noses at me.

3-4 Take a good look at me, God, my God;
I want to look life in the eye,
So no enemy can get the best of me
or laugh when I fall on my face.

5-6 I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms—
I’m celebrating your rescue.
I’m singing at the top of my lungs,
I’m so full of answered prayers.

Psalm 13 The Message

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 10:00 am. We celebrate moms, women who nurture and inspire, women who serve us, and the maternal nature of our loving God who comforts us when we lament and when we praise. It won’t be the same without you.

Grace and peace,


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