lament & community

26 . October . 2012

words seem offensive on the page in such a
time of grief and tragedy.

as we collectively put one foot in front of the
other today, a few scriptures/words come to mind
as we process and pray for the
family on w 75th, the nanny,
the community, ps87 community,
our communities and our children:

lament = mourning, expressing deep grieving

we grieve.
and ultimately we hope.

Psalms of (community) lament:
12, 44, 60, 74, 79, 80, 83, 85, 90, 94, 123, 126, 129

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
-Isaiah 40:1, 10, 11 ESV

‘shared grief isolates the sharers from each other. though united in
that we are grieving, we grieve differently…They dynamics of each
person’s sorrow must be allowed to work themselves out without judgment.
I may find it strange that you should be tearful today but dry-eyed
yesterday when my tears were yesterday.’
– nicholas wolterstorff, ‘lament for a son’. eerdmans, 1987.

may Christ comfort us today, deep in our hearts,
may our presence together bring Christ’s comfort to the
sidewalks and playgrounds today & always,

with sobs and with sober hope in Christ,