Friday Focus – December 8, 2017

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from . . . Dick Sartwell
The verb to lament typically means to express sorrow, mourning, grief, or regret. It can also include expressing anger, fear, or bewilderment. All of those emotions are feelings many of us prefer not to have or to express. The reality is that sometimes we do have them.
It’s important to see that lamenting is modeled for us in the scriptures. One of the books of the Bible is called Lamentations. A third of the psalms express feelings of lament. And Jesus himself quoted one of those psalms (Psalm 22) on the cross when he cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Somehow “owning” these feelings and expressing them helps us move through them by faith to trust God with the circumstances of our lives.
This Sunday evening at 6 p.m. we’ll gather in the NFC sanctuary for a Service of Lament, an opportunity for those who need to express any of the feelings named above in the face of some loss or other circumstance in life that weighs heavy at this time of year. For some this will be the first Christmas without a particular loved one. For others there may be a loss of a very different kind. For almost all of us at NFC, this year has brought to us the loss of our church as we had known it for many years. Let’s gather to support each other in expressing sorrow and related feelings through scripture, song, and quiet meditation. Those who journal may wish to bring their journal with them for use during the service.

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