Some people self-identify as “criers” – the ones who tear up over Hallmark commercials. Others only cry a few times in their adult lives. Are you a crier?
In Rob Bell’s Nooma video “Rain,” he talks about his son’s experience during a literal storm – since all he could see was the storm, he cried out in fear from the depths of his soul. Bell provides the following Bible verses from the Psalms about crying:
Sometimes we think that our tears mean that we are weak, or immature, or effeminate.
Here, though, we see that there is a Biblical precedent for “crying out” to God.
Perhaps this is related to the “lament” tradition of Israel.
What is your understanding of “lament?”
How would you recommend we incorporate lament into our personal –
and especially our communal – lives?