Some of the most powerful things we can do when life goes sideways, whether it’s forgetting your lunch at home, having an uncomfortable conversation, financial struggles, or the Corona virus, is to cry, scream, punch a pillow, journal words of rage, share feelings of fear, and so on. While I’m biased to go directly to joy, encouragement, gratitude, and the goodness that can or will come from “this”, to skip expressions of lament would be detrimental, like cutting Winter out of our seasons. Positivity that doesn’t allow, move through, and include hurts, frustrations, fears, etc. lacks the potency of realness.
While the way we lament varies by person, reason, and season, they have a pattern. The rhythm of lament begins with a complaint, turns into a request, and transforms into a feeling and expression of trust. I’ve noticed when I don’t give “voice” to my feeling that things are not as they should be, I suffer. Yet, until I turn this energy into an ask for help from above and around, I remain mired in a place of negativity. Finally, I then have the ability to healthily let it go, trusting all will be well. In practicing lament, we honor our own feelings and voices, the importance of others, and the goodness of the Spirit behind and within this all.
Complaint. Request. Trust. Who wants to join me today in lamenting our way to wholeness and unity?
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