at the women’s retreat this weekend. Ha, ha. Yes, women’s retreat. I was fortunate to be able to play and sing for a few minutes before each session. It was really fun, gave me a good lift up. From what I could tell, the retreat was successful in its’ mission.
What a glorious morning(s). Nothing cheers me up more than beautiful weather. I think that the birds are very much like me, they like the weather too. Their singing in the mornings is so cheerful, no one can be down whilst listening to them.
Now it’s off to church to talk about the positive aspects of lamenting. I think that the lack of lament is one of the problems of the church today.
Lament is a biblical mode of communication, but it is largely neglected in American church culture. Rather than avoiding it, or being afraid of it, we should use it privately and corporately. Lament is appropriate, and we need to begin to change the culture or attitude of the church and to encourage transparency. Jeffrey Arthurs
What is lament? Well, this is the best definition I have found:
A lament is truly asking, seeking, and knocking to comprehend the heart of God. A lament involves the energy to search, not to shut down the quest for truth. It is passion to ask, rather than to rant with already reached conclusions. A lament uses the language of pain, anger, and confusion and moves toward God. Dan Allendar
How many pastors do you know that would encourage this? Not mine.