Healing needs lament
Psalms 13: 1-2 (NRSVA)
1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for ever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
God you call us to be real
experiencing all that being real entails:
loss and hurt
sorrow and yearning
disappointment and anger
darkness and despair
In all of our emotions
in every season
may we glimpse, however faintly
the light that you hold out
at the end of every tunnel
the promise that you reveal
in every rainbow
Enable us not to deny our feelings
but, in the midst of them, to know your presence
sitting with us in our pool of tears
striding beside us in our march of anger
scrambling behind us as we seek to escape
And may we know your embrace
not pinning us to the moment
but steadying us
ready for release
as we find the strength
to rise once more.