This Is a Time for Lament

This is a time for lament. A time to stop and mourn with those who mourn, to stop and weep with those who weep.

Lamentation is a well-attested biblical genre, an expression of anguish at the individual or communal level. From the prophets of Israel to Jesus of Nazareth, we find examples of lamentation across the pages of Scripture. We see in these deep, heartfelt cries an instinctive plea to the God who hears, the God who sees, the God who has experienced our anguish in his own body. Tragedy, destruction, grief, and pain are all around us.

Nevertheless, we can say along with Walter Brueggemann,

But we confess that you are the God

who has descended into our several hells, 

submitted, 

suffered, 

been present . . . 

and then raised in power to new life.

We can follow the examples modeled for us in the pages of Scripture, pouring out our hearts to God just as they did in ages past. We can pray the Psalms of Lament for our own culture and our own time: seeking justice, loving mercy, and walking in humility with God and our neighbors.

In the Bible, the psalmists model a fitting response to trauma and hardship. Click here to open Logos and explore the Psalms of Lament in greater depth.

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Adam B. Shaeffer

Adam B. Shaeffer (PhD, Durham University) rarely had time for books until he discovered the fantasy novels on his dad's shelf at age 12; the rest is history. His primary research interests revolve around the interplay between theology and literature, attending to fiction's power to narrate theological insights through the thoughts and lives of imagined people and places. His poetry and fiction have appeared in *Jabberwocky*, *Resident Aliens*, and *This Mutant Life*.

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Written by Adam B. Shaeffer