The spiritual practice of lament is a proper response when we come face to face with our brokenness and the brokenness of our world. This year in the season of Lent, our community will be crafting experiments to help us make space in our lives for this important practice.
This week, we were invited to consider lamenting the losses we experience in life. Joan Kelley asked us to consider how lament is a way of asking God to hold our hearts in the midst of our pain. You can find the handout we used to write a psalm of lament here.
The invitation for this season is to craft and live in our experiments. What will you give up to make space for lament, and how can you pause at least four times each week to write your own psalm of lament? Through our experiments, we will highlight three forms of lament (laments for our sin, injustice, and loss). Each week, we’ll look to write four laments in the category of that week.
We also know community is a necessary element of these experiments. Community not only helps us stay committed to our experiments, but it gives us a place to talk about and process what we are learning. If you are connected in a Practice Table, that will be your community. If you are not we would like you to either invite a couple people to join you in the experiment (they could be in our community or not) or we can help connect you into a short-term group. These groups will have a simple, weekly check in via a group text or group email. If you are forming your own group or would like to be connected, will you let us know here? We would love to support you in the experiment, and share additional resources along the way.
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