“You have taken from me friend and neighbor— darkness is my closest friend.” Psalm 88:18
In the Bible, there are many poems in which the writers express to God their raw and even despairing emotions. These poems are usually referred to as ‘psalms of lament.’ However, with the possible exception of one of those poems (Psalm 88), every lament psalm returns to some foundation of hope. Psalms of lament give us permission to be honest before God with our deepest feelings of despair; they also reveal a path back to the foundation of hope, God himself.
In that way, psalms of lament are a remarkable witness to the power of God’s Spirit in helping us to cling to faith and to trust that God’s presence is real. That witness is present despite the most unsettling and troubling of circumstances and their corresponding feelings. We can believe that even Psalm 88’s desperate conclusion is not beyond the power of God’s Spirit to reveal hope.
Especially because we know the power of God in Jesus Christ, we keep our hearts open to those paths to hope. Especially because we know Jesus, we can share and communicate hope as 1 Peter 3:15 encourages us to do: But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you.
In these times, we may have to find creative and innovative ways to look for and express hope; we can trust God’s Spirit to guide us.
PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT: A member sent along a meaningful prayer list put out by the CHRISTIAN CHURCHES NETWORK OF LONDON. There are many items on the list so you may want to divide it up and pray 2 or 3 of the items per day from now until the end of the week. Just click here for the CCNL prayer list … https://mailchi.mp/14770d1a086a/promotion-for-ccnl-prayer-breakfastday-of-prayer-595295?e=c566ff8ba6