Rather than distancing us from God, lament does the very opposite. This is one of my very favorite aspects of lament—even in our very darkest moments, lament has the ability to tether us to God. Think about it—even when we find ourselves giving up hope, the simple act of expressing our situation to God implies … More Lament: Tethering us to God
Interestingly enough, over half of the biblical Psalms are Psalms of lament. Over half. In American churches today, you may be hard pressed to find any songs of lament sung during a Sunday service, but over half of Scripture’s hymnal falls into this genre, and I can’t help but wonder if we’re missing something. I’d … More Lament: God Can Handle Our Honesty
In the midst of the reality of pain and sadness—the brokenness of our world—we are so often met with pat answers or cliché responses to our suffering. Not only are these responses unhelpful, they undermine and invalidate the experiences of those who are in pain. What is often said with the best of intentions—“God is … More Lament: Hopelessness that Refuses to Give Up Hope
I’m excited to tell you about a story in Genesis that has surprisingly become one of my favorite narratives in the Old Testament. It’s surprising, because for most of my life I didn’t think that this narrative had anything new to teach me. It’s one of those stories I heard all the time, and that … More Genesis 4: To Keep. On Brothers and Sisters and Love and Responsibility.