Lent is a solemn season set apart to contrast with Easter Sunday, when our alleluias return, loud and clear, in celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Join us this season, for our Lenten Sermon Series, “Sitting in Ashes”.
The Lament is not something that is commonly treated in modern Christian practice. It is however a powerful tool that God has given us in the Psalms and most especially in Lamentations. God is not capricious, He does not delight in despair or destruction. He does not even willingly bring harm to anyone. But Life is not clean, there is death and destruction in the world. The lament takes that seriously and does not dismiss the reality of pain and the question of God’s inaction. The lament is the tool given to us to not simply address tragedy and pain but to actually process it. The lament can be broken into six main elements. The Proposed sermon series will focus on one element of the lament for each sermon ending with Easter as the capstone.
Jesus models how to lament. He lamented over Jerusalem, in the garden of Gethsemane and even prayed psalm 22 on the cross. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” While this is where he stops the rest of the Psalm is implied: “Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.” It is interesting that we normally treat these words of Jesus like He was the first to say them. But lament is a language God has given his people throughout time and space to deal with situations that cannot be dealt with easily. It is a language he still gives us today that can and should be added back into our Christian vernacular.
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