Grief and Lament: Tools for Life

Psalms: Songs of the Heart

Almost a third of the one hundred and fifty psalms in the Bible are lament psalms, and up to 70% of the psalms contain some lament. Lament is woven throughout the Bible, and suffering and grief are intertwined with the story of the gospel; perhaps because that’s more reflective of the realities of life. Justin Fung walks us through Psalm 13, and how God longs to transform our pain and grief through lament. [Psalm 13]


Response music: Samuel Barber, Agnus Dei (After “Adagio for Strings, op.11a”)

The Healing Time, by Pesha Joyce Gertler

Finally on my way to yes
I bump into all the places
where I said no to my life
all the untended wounds
the red and purple scars
those hieroglyphs of pain
carved into my skin, my bones,
those coded messages
that send me down the wrong street
again and again
where I find them
the old wounds
the old misdirections
and I lift them one by one
close to my heart
and I say holy, holy.