Lament Posts

Exploring Lament

Reflections on Psalm 130   Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness;...

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"Lament has a role and a purpose in our relationship with God." Julie Sheridan Smith

Burden – Poetic Lament

fear nibbles at the edges of her soul, like a rat
aboard a sinking ship that leaks, lists and tips
because she has woken to face yet another
pain filled day, unrefreshed in every way

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Be Strong and Take Heart

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;     my eyes grow weak with sorrow,     my soul and body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish     and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction,     and my bones grow...

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Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Trust and Wonder of Lament

Last March I spent my birthday with a group of women at a Retreat center in northern Ohio—a beautiful, former girls school turned nunnery turned sanctuary. There our hearts were primed to hear God’s voice. Each morning I led the women in lectio...

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Lament leads to trust and wonder.

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