“How long, O Lord?”
Lamenting in Loss,
Worshipping in Hope
When life is good and we feel blessed with times of happiness and joy, we turn to God in praise and thanksgiving. But how do we worship God when we experience the opposite? In lament, God has given us different ways to express grief, sadness, anger, pain, loss, etc. Laments are songs or prayers of sorrow and the Bible is a rich resource for such prayers.
Lamenting is an important expression of Christian faith because seeking God through grief-filled prayers is one of the deepest expressions of God-centred worship. It is more than crying, it gives peace and hope to troubled hearts. Lament gives us the language and the permission to express our honest feelings towards God but also helps us to participate in the sufferings of others.
So during Lent, after a year of global suffering, we will be focusing on the Christian discipline of lament and the hope of God’s salvation. We will look at how the saints of the past lamented in different contexts. Like us, they felt alone, forsaken by God, the pain of bereavement, they wanted things to go back to the way they were, and they mourned the loss of the temple. By reading the laments of others, we discover that we are not alone. We discover how to worship God in such times.
Because we cannot meet face-to-face, we will be meeting on Zoom. Each week we will look at a different lament together, and then break out into groups to discuss and think about it in small groups. There will also be some time of reflective music.
If anyone from Aldford and Bruera would like to join us for the Lent Course on Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm during Lent, they can contact Rosie Warburton on email@example.com for joining instructions.
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Revd Jules Beauchamp