Lament Posts

Lament as a Pathway to Peace

The question “How long?” haunts my mind, tempting me toward a pathway of despair. I found that Biblical lament could be a pathway to peace.


“I sensed God asking me to speak aloud, naming every specific place of frustration and hurt.” Lee Ann Zanon

Don’t Sing Happy Songs to a Heavy Heart

Singing happy songs to a heavy heart is cruel. Don’t tell grieving people that their pain is a gift or make them sing praise songs when they don’t want to. Don’t tell them that other people are suffering more than they are.


“Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day...” Proverbs 25:20

A Prayer of Dark Despair • When Hope Seems Lost

I find it striking that Psalm 88 includes virtually no words of reassurance. Nowhere does the psalmist add parenthetically, “But you are the Lord of mercy and compassion,” or anything else like this. Most psalms of lament include words of hope. Not Psalm 88. Here we find dark despair.


"You have taken away my companions and loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend." Psalm 88:18 NLT

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