Grief and Gratitude in Lent

There is a long relationship among the people of God with lament. To lament is to express sorrow and grief, often deeply and demonstrably. There are many psalms of lament. There is an entire book of lament, aptly named…Lamentations. We as Christians are well equipped in God’s word and among the fellowship of the saints to experience and understand lament and to live in it and walk through it. 

The New Testament does not end the tradition of lament among God’s people, but it does on multiple occasions include an interesting wrinkle: be grateful for the trials and tribulations, the sufferings and persecutions, that cause us to lament. In fact, rejoice in them. This is not the typical human response, but it is the response of humanity that lives through faith in the Son of God. 

The world has given us plenty of reason to lament this year. Many are hurting and lamenting more than at any other period in their lives. Yet we serve and have been saved by the “suffering servant,” the one who: 
has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5).”

So during this season of Lent we will be exploring the tension of grief and gratitude together in worship. Our messages will be looking at several of the passages that hold this tension together and reveal how God’s people are to live the many sorrows of this life with joy and worship still on their hearts, minds, and souls. We pray it is a blessing for you as you navigate the grief and joy in your own life.

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