The Transforming Practice of Lament

Dec 14
Writing laments wasn’t something I had consciously done before. But I have kept a journal in the past to share my thoughts with God.

It has always been a very honest and transparent time with Him. During one of the sessions of Journeying Through Grief, we were introduced to a model for writing our own lament.

I did what I had done before: I poured my heart out to God in writing. I told Him about some difficult things I didn’t understand. I asked Him questions I had kept inside for quite some time.

But the part I consciously added this time was calling on God’s character, as we were encouraged to do in the session:

I let Him know what part of His character I needed to experience in this moment. I reminded myself who He is, and put it on paper.

In a week, I was able to testify to others that God had answered.

But what’s even more important - I became aware of how the Holy Spirit had transformed my heart through this process. I believe the reason for it wasn’t solely my honesty or transparency, but rather me moving forward from focusing on myself, and turning my attention to Him and His glory. 

"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)

I encourage you to write to God, be it a lament or a song of praise, and see where it leads you. May you have the courage to open all the doors in your heart that Jesus knocks on!

Hanna

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