The Bible is full of uplifting, encouraging words. But it also has some pretty clear examples of sadness, despair, the blues. The Psalms of lament are just as true as the Psalms of ascent. Because you’re just as deeply loved when you’re lamenting as you are when you’re rejoicing.
We do great damage to God’s people when we communicate, even indirectly, that feeling sad somehow results from a lack of faith. My friend Tim has written some great thoughts today, as part of our Deeply Loved Lent study, in a post titled “Clues about the Blues.”
Please visit Tim’s blog to read his insights (and join in the lively conversation in the comments section).
It’s not too late to join our study. We’re reading one chapter of Deeply Loved each day during Lent. We’re blogging, tweeting and chatting it up on Facebook–encouraging one another to embrace, during this season, the hope that comes from knowing Jesus loves us! Come like us, follow us, comment (or don’t–lurk if you’d rather!)
Thanks for letting me be part of the series, Keri!
I just listened to a past program on middday connect with Karin Rivadinaro on Lament. I’ve written a couple during my devotion time since then and now you and Tim are talking about it. Selah
Thanks for stopping by, Donna. Caryn (her last name is Rivadeneira) has a great book on the topic, Grumble Hallelujah, which is what she was talking about on Midday. What a great idea–writing your own Psalms of Lament.