Lament as a Spiritual Practice

Writing at the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, theologian NT Wright says:

We are simply to know that when we are caught up in awful circumstances. apparent gross injustices, terrible plagues- or when we are accused of wicked things of which we are innocent, suffering strange sicknesses with no apparent reason, let alone cure- at those points we are to lament, we are to complain, we are to state the case, and leave it with God.

Lament is a common form of prayer in the Bible.  Over one third of the Psalms can be seen as psalms of lament.  Job and many of the prophets express lament. The whole book of Lamentations- aptly named- expresses the suffering and pain felt by the people of God after the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem.  Jesus himself can be seen to lament in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the words of Psalm 22 are on his lips as he hangs upon the cross.

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