How is your spirit today? Mine is weary. Every morning around 8:00 am, I settle into my comfy chair with my coffee to read the news and go through emails. The last three mornings have left me in tears. More Black people shot in the street. More protests, some violent. LGBTQ folks in fear that they'll be stripped of their rights. A surge in COVID cases. More anxiety and division. There are some moments when it feels like too much.
"How long, O Lord?" cries the Psalmist in Psalm 13. "How long must I have sorrow in my heart all the day?" The Psalmist laments, offering up their grief, pain and longing to God.
Lament is a Christian practice! There is nothing faithful about "putting on a brave face" or engaging in "toxic positivity." Pouring out our exhaustion, frustration, fears and anger to God is one of the most faithful things we can do.
AND, the psalms always turn to trust and praise. Psalm 13 concludes: "But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord."
YES. We can hold "How long, O Lord?" and "I will sing!" at the same time.
Because yes, at this moment there is horrific injustice and danger in the world, and there is immense promise and hope. There is division and anger, and there is compassion and possibility. We can name both, and allow ourselves to feel both.
Hang in there, Good People! You are not alone!