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May 2017 Newsletter

An ongoing series of informational entries

When Lament is Needed, and Good

By Laurie Nichols

May 1, 2017

Lament: a passionate expression of grief of sorrow.

Not one of us willfully walks into places of lament. These places cause pains so deep that we may fear we may never recover. And yet, any authentic walk with Christ calls for times of lament as we encounter the wounds that result from sin in our world. As Christians, we cannot avoid it; in fact, Christ has called us to walk into the lives of those who suffer.

In fact, author Emmanuel Katangole and Chris Rice, in Reconciling All Things say:

The journey of reconciliation is grounded in a call to see and encounter the rupture of this world so truthfully that we are literally slowed down. We are called to a space where any explanation or action is too easy, too fast, too shallow — a space where the right response can only be a desperate cry directed to God. We are called to learn the anguished cry of lament.…

Lament is not despair. It is not whining. It is not a cry into a void. Lament is a cry directed toward God. It is the cry of those who see the truth of the world’s deep wounds and the cost of seeking peace.

Interceding for women who have been exploited by others calls us into these hard places of intercession. Tears fill our eyes as we pray for women who have been to places of healing, and then turn back to the familiar life they once knew. Our hearts ache for women who strive to heal from a life they never asked for and fears and anxieties none should carry. Our hearts break for women who need the hand of God to steal them away from their reality, and yet months and years pass with seemingly no rescue.

Our daily prayers turn into weekly and monthly pleas. Soon, we wonder if God even hears.

But Katangole and Rice go on to add:

Lament and death are neither the first nor the last word….The story begins with the gift of God’s Son coming into the world and ends with Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into heaven. The gospel story begins and ends in the hope of incarnation and resurrection. Without this larger vision of hope, we perish.

We may, as scripture says, sow in tears. But we will also reap in joy. Christ has conquered all. All. There is nowhere He isn’t. And if that reality is so, then our intercession is not for naught. It is, in fact, the very ingredient necessary not only for the good for the women we plead for, but for our very understanding of what it means that at one point in His earthly journey, Christ wept. There’s no better model to follow.