Lament is healthy and necessary. The book of Psalms is the songbook of the earliest Church, and 30-40% of it is laments. Many of these lamentations are in response to personal hardship and are composed by people or communities who have suffered injustice or evil.
So, where does this leave us for Lent? Well, as you move through the daily emails across the next six weeks, we invite you to use the reflections as a time to practise lament. You may feel the need to lament a situation that you are facing individually or within your family. You may feel a burden to lament for our wider family of sisters and brothers around the world who face hardships and difficulties. It’s up to you.
Tomorrow we will continue our introductory week by looking at a framework that helps us to understand the Pslams of lament.