Wednesday, July 09, 2014
The Value of Lamentation
When the hopes of ease and comfort and success are snatched away in economic chaos, terroristic plots, and personal health challenges, faith can be compromised and difficult and questioned. The reality of Lamentations presents us with our own realities and offers genuine and truthful resources for tackling these huge questions once again.There have been several times in my life when I have turned to Lamentations. It is, in a sense, a dose of anguished reality. It illustrates for us that even our biblical heroes struggled It is, for lack of a better word - therapeutic.
But it does not stop there. It offers hope and steadfastness. It clings to God when God does not appear to be clinging to us (Of course He is, it is our perception that is the issue.)
God does not want us to squelch our disappointment - He merely wants us to offer it to Him.