2020-10-25 Full Service || Life Interrupted – Part 2: Prayers of Lament || Dustin Funk

Well welcome here we are so glad that you’ve joined us today whether you’re here in this room or you’re tuning in online thanks so much for choosing to spend an hour of your weekend here with us. If you are online and you’re in the Winnipeg area we would love to one day see you here in person just remember that during this season you do have to reserve a ticket online just because we’re only allowed so many people in this room because of health regulations, of course A reminder for all of you who are planning to attend some kind of service next week it is daylight savings time next Sunday and so just as you go to plan which service you’re going to be at keep in mind that we get to fall back an hour next weekend and remember that. For those of you who are wondering when we are starting up our in-person kids programming again the answer is we don’t really know but not until at least January In the mean time we have activity packs for your kids here in our live services and we also have some phenomenal kids programming that we film and produce each week online and to go with that you can pick up a swag bag for your kid today for the month of November or anytime during the week, if you want to pop by the church building you can pick that up. We are in a series today called Life Interrupted which seems so appropriate for right now and our lead pastor Dustin will be up in a bit to talk about that but I’ve never been really an anxious person but I would say during the last six or seven months there would definitely there have been times where I have felt anxious where I have felt the weight of uncertainty and just the heaviness of really a life interrupted and this first song that we’re going to sing is one that we introduced at the very beginning of the pandemic because we felt the lyrics were just so appropriate and one of the lines that says when brokenness and pain is all I know I won’t be shaken and I hope that this song is a reminder for you that we can still experience rest and peace and joy even in the midst of uncertainty because we are loved by a God who does not get shaken and so let that sink in for you this morning I hope it’s a good reminder why don’t you stand as we begin by singing together Let’s pray. Oh God sometimes life feels so uncertain and sometimes

we feel overwhelmed but may you remind us in those moments that all our problems all our failures all

our fears and the ups and downs are completely overshadowed by what you did through your death

on a cross and your victory over death. Just like we sang about this morning that you stand by our side and you stood in our place that you are always with us no matter the circumstances and so help us to know that we can live lives marked by hope and not fear because of all you have done in your great name we pray. Amen. Thank you so much for singing you can go ahead and take a seat We now have a chance to just continue our worship through giving and if you’re online there’s a number of ways you can do that there’s a button on the screen you can click you can pull out the app you can visit our website you can e-transfer we’re lucky to live in a time where there are so many options to be generous and for those of you in the service if you’ve been attending for a few weeks now you know that we’re going for the touchless service and so we’re not passing anything around to help with giving but we do still have the drop boxes by the exits and also the giving machines out in the foyer as well. Often during times when we’re not necessarily here in person every week or life is a bit up in the air automated giving is a great way to stay consistent in your generosity when life is maybe inconsistent for you and this is a way Dustin and I have used to give for years and i just find it so helpful that it just is always a constant priority when it’s automatic and so maybe that’s something you want to look into you can contact our offices for more information or for guidelines how to set that up. Thank you so much for continuing to give during this time. God is still very much at work in this church and he is doing things in and through what we’re doing here and so thank you again Every single gift has mattered during this time so we’ll give you a chance to do that now Crashing hit a wall right now I need a miracle hurry up now I need a miracle

Stranded reaching out I call your name but you’re not around I say your name but you’re not around I need you I need you I need you right now Yeah I need you right now so don’t let me don’t let me don’t let me down I think I’m Losing my mind now it’s in my head oh I hope that you’ll be here when I need you the most so Don’t let me don’t let me don’t let me down don’t let me down don’t let me down Don’t let me down down down Running out of time I really thought you were on my side but now there’s nobody by my side I need you I need you I need you right now yeah I need you right now so don’t let me Don’t let me don’t let me down I think I’m losing my mind now it’s in my head oh I hope That you’ll be here when I need you the most so don’t let me don’t let me don’t let me down Don’t let me down don’t let me down Don’t let me down down down Well we began this series last week by saying all of us can relate with that song all of us can relate to moments when we just feel like our dreams can’t come true any longer. Someone’s let us down maybe God’s let us down maybe the you know our dreams can’t come true because of our fault and decisions we’ve made and the consequences thereof sometimes it’s decisions of other people where you know their life went down and we kind of took the fall for some of their decisions Hey sometimes these are like little dreams and you don’t really care because yeah I kind of wanted to do that but I was young sometimes these dreams are huge though sometimes they have everything to do with our family our future you know and just you’re never going to have the family that you thought you’d have you kind of wanted to be like this and you guys would get together and do vacations and it doesn’t seem like that’s ever going to happen and so all of us have sometimes had this feeling where we wake up one morning and we realize that that dream that I had this is never coming true. Too much times past I’m too old Covid’s happened and I got you know notes from some of you this week they just talked about how Covid like your whole career path is basically not happening because of Covid and like it’s not even an industry anymore and you know some of you maybe it’s just high school looking different and all those questions that dream is never going to come true. This series is about this question what do you do with that What do we do with that? Because the great thing is the Bible addresses this question and it’s like God knows that some of the things that we’re so looking forward to in life that we’re so much hoping are not going to come through not going to happen and so to enter to help us with this, this has been a bit of an eclectic series where I want to give you a different tool every week just to help us deal with this season of life being so interrupted and to talk about the tool that I want to give you today. This is a bit of a forgotten tool. Let me just talk about an article I read this week about it was called the Korean superpower was the name of the article and it may be a bit of an overstatement but maybe that’s what you need to get clicks

on your article but there’s this cultural Korean concept called Nunchi which I said is the superpower and Nunchi is this ability to be like super aware of like your surroundings so if people are at your house you’re like super aware that you know you realize oh they’re too hot or too cold you adjust the temperature or you refill their glass before they ask it’s the ability to quickly assess like a social situation around you and respond appropriately or if it’s at work it’s the ability to be a little bit shrewd where you can like know exactly what you need to do to get ahead that’s what Nunchi is and it’s interesting that there’s just there’s a word for this in Korean where it took me a couple minutes to describe to you what this is in Korean there’s one word. In our culture language is really an expression of what a culture values, right? We have words for the things we value and I want to talk to you about one word one concept that we almost have forgotten. We don’t value like we should and it’s a type of prayer that I think will be so helpful during this season that I think we need to recover and retrieve and that tool or this prayer that I want to talk about is a type of prayer called lament. A lot of my thoughts today come from some of the scholars by the name Derek Kidner, Emmanuel Katongole and especially a guy named Abraham Cho I’m using a lot of their thoughts this morning and so I want to talk about this idea of lament What is lament why does it matter and how do we learn this where do we learn this? So the first question is what is lament? and if you look at some of these verses that Sammy just read for us a few moments ago in Psalm 88 that was a reading from Psalm 88 he read he says this I am overwhelmed with troubles my life draws near to death I am set apart with the dead like those slain who lie in the grave whom you remember no more. Now ask yourself what kind of prayers are they what kind of words are these if you’ve been around Oasis for a while or you’ve just grown up in church maybe you’ve come across an acrostic called ACTS. It’s a teaching tool to teach you how to pray if you’ve never learned how to pray maybe you grew up in a culture where you didn’t really say your own prayers ACTS is kind of based on the Lord’s Prayer where it says you start with Adoration or that’s another word for Praise and you just if you don’t know what to say in prayer well I’m going to start with praising God for his wisdom and his love and all his attributes and then you go into confession. You say God hey here’s where I have failed and I need you. Then from there if you don’t know what to say you can go on to thanksgiving and thanking God for the good things and then supplication is kind of an old English word that makes the acrostic work but it means request that’s when you bring your request to God When you look at that which type of prayer are those verses that I just read from verses three to nine right? It’s not praise, you’re definitely not praising God you’re actually kind of doing the opposite of that right? It’s maybe confession’s the closest but you’re not necessarily confessing anything wrong you’re not thanking God for this you know and you’re really not making a request and so all I’m saying I just wanted to point that out is that almost probably almost none of the conceptions that we are given here in the western Canadian you know Christian culture have a concept of lamenting. In all of our models for prayer this is often left out. This is largely forgotten. So what is lament? What kind of prayer is this lament? It is a type of prayer that simply gives voice to our suffering It’s a type of prayer that says this is my anguish it names the anguish in our lives and it says this is what’s going on God and you might be surprised to learn this I was that lament is actually the most common form of prayer in the Bible. There’s a number of Psalms that are almost entirely lament there’s an entire book of the Bible given to this called Lamentations and yet it’s strangely omitted from our lives It’s often always forgotten and here’s why it’s maybe forgotten by us but it was never forgotten by the people of Israel. If I had to put up a map here and show you this is a bit zoomed in this is the Mediterranean sea here so this is Africa tip of Africa Egypt this is Europe and then you know going this way is Asia if you think about where Israel is located. This is where Israel was right here okay? This is where they were and you’ll notice this is the only land bridge between Europe, Asia and Africa and so Israel was really a small nation a relatively powerless nation even in its golden years of like the kingdoms of Saul and David and Solomon it was still relatively small on the global stage You’re in the middle of two superpowers in ancient times the kingdom of Assyria was here the kingdom of Babylon was here and the kingdom of Egypt was here and they were often going toward each other and Israel’s right in the middle of this and so they were often passed back and forth depending which empire was stronger and so that you’re living in the midst of these huge super power powers you’re constantly being conquered by other nations there’s so much devastation destruction

your homes being leveled people being taken away as prisoners in exile to another land. This is what life looks like and so if that’s what life looks like for Israel it is just your life is filled with all kinds of uncontrollable unexpected suffering and if that’s your life lament really becomes unavoidable. It becomes an unavoidable part of life. Now here in the west, in western Christianity, Christianity has kind of gone from a persecuted religion to a bit of a superpower where you know it has rights it’s kind of accepted now More and more maybe as time goes on we feel some of the strain of some of our beliefs not being as accepted by the general population but generally for you know for decades for millennia. Life has worked out and for us personally for us living in the west you know at no point in history have so many people lived so well and so and for so long right? That’s in you know western society  life generally works out and it’s kind of easy to see why we lose this Biblical practice of lament and why we often don’t see the value of it. There’s a scholar named Emmanuel Katongole who’s an Anglican excuse me a Ugandan priest and he wrote a book called, Reconciling All Things It has an entire chapter on lament and in this book in this chapter he references a Christmas story that you know it’s we often leave out a lot of telling of our Christmas stories which is the slaughter of the innocents that part of the Christmas story is when Jesus was born Herod heard about this and Herod was king he was this crazy sadistic king and he realized that oh I don’t want another king I’m king and so he ordered the slaughter of all these babies in the area where Jesus was foretold to be born and Matthew points out what happened here in response to this and he actually quotes from the old testament coach Jeremiah says a voice is heard in Rama weeping in great mourning Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted because they are no more. Katongole points out that isn’t it interesting that mention Rachel is mentioned by God and Rachel, Jacob’s wife one of the patriarchs of Israel’s religion She’s pointed out not because she’s comforted but because she refuses comfort. She refuses to deny or ignore the suffering and he said in response to this he said the first language of the church in a deeply broken world should not be strategy but prayer. Then I want to read to you some of the other things that he said about he says this that should be our first response not hey what can I do about this but let’s lament together let’s lament in prayer. He says we are called to see and encounter the rupture of this world so truthfully that we’re literally slowed down called to a space where any explanation or action is too easy too fast too shallow we’re called to a prayer of lament. He goes on and he talks about, in lament we unlearn some of the things that we learn in western societies We unlearn speed. Just the temptation to zip by people that are suffering. The temptation to come up with easy answers or we unlearn the desire to rush past others who are suffering. We learn to simply sit with them We unlearn speed but we also unlearn distance, where we remove ourselves where it’s very easy to say ooh I’m not going to visit them you know they’re in pain right and lament causes us to sit face to face with those who hurt and lament causes us to unlearn innocence. The belief that says I have nothing to do with that I don’t need to be involved. That’s what lament does. What is lament? It’s a prayer that gives voice to our suffering A lament is a prayer that voices our confusion our protest. It’s a way to process information and it’s a prayer that restores dignity to human suffering That says that is not okay so that’s what lament is. It’s a prayer that gives voice to suffering but it’s also a prayer that refuses to rush past. It says I’m going to slow down I’m going to unlearn how we in the west often deal with this but there’s also a third thing Look at this in Psalm 88 if you caught this one Sammy read this but it said I call to you Lord every day I spread out my hand. See that lament is an address to God. It’s not a screaming into the void. It’s not a screaming into the nothingness of despair but lament is ultimately an act of hope. Where you say there is a God to whom I can cry. There is a God who hears every word. He alone can act and so do you see the value of this? The best way I can describe to some questions that  I came across that is there’s suffering in your life that you’ve never given a voice to? I remember when I lost my Mom about a year ago and about 18 months before that she was in a lot of pain she was dealing with pancreatic cancer and she had about an 18-month journey where just a surgery didn’t go very well and I just didn’t have how do you? Ever have a situation, I was like I don’t even know what to pray here. I don’t

know what to say. I don’t know and just to be able to come to the book of Psalms and find Psalms of lament. I found prayers in there that I just never had to pray before in my life They meant so much What is that for you? Is there a relationship that that ended? Is it a family thing? Is it a financial reversal? Is it a Covid thing? Is it a health thing? Lament, is there suffering in your life you’ve never given a voice to? Here’s another question, are there headlines that you read that you don’t know how to respond to right? Where sometimes you just see things in our society and just like how does that how did they do that right like how is that? Lament is the way you deal with that. You just go oh you know. Are there friends, do you have any friends that need someone just to sit with them and give voice to their suffering? Just say I’m going to lament with you over what could have been what should have been what what’s gone from your life that’s why we need to recover lament. Now here’s the next question. Why does lament matter? If you read through psalm 88 and you look at verses 10 to 14 you notice that all those verses have something in common They’re all questions. They’re all questions for God but they’re not reverent questions at all. They’re not perfectly reverent questions Look at verse 10 here. Look at the sarcasm in these in these verses. Do you show your wonders to the dead right? You hear the bitterness in this, just the accusation. Do the spirits rise up and praise you? Then you look at verse 15 and it says this: From my youth I have suffered and close to death and we don’t know a lot about who wrote this Psalm but this is almost certainly exaggeration. This is the psalmist saying look you’ve never been faithful to me you’ve never been there for me and you read these I remember as a young Christian coming across these prayers and reading them from the book of Psalms and my thought was what okay what is this doing in the Bible? What are prayers like this doing in the Bible and not only in the Bible but they’re offered as a model that we can use and I just would that bothered me because they’re theologically incorrect right? They’re irreverent and you know you wonder what do you do with this and one commentator a guy named Derek Kidner this spoke a lot to me. He said this, “The very presence of these prayers in Scripture is a witness to God’s understanding”. Here’s a God who knows. Who knows how we speak when we are desperate. That here is a God who understands He even gives us prayers to use when we feel the same way. Here is a God who understands that when we are overwhelmed we say things that are desperate that are wrong. This is important because sometimes in church circles this isn’t explicitly taught. Sometimes you just catch this. That you know it says there’s some emotions you can’t show God. That you know don’t grieve One of my friends was told this when they lost a loved one they said well don’t grieve too much because you know we’re Christians and yeah we have hope but our grief our lament is not something that God can’t take. It’s not something he’s afraid of. He understands. He even put examples in the Bible to say it’s safe. It’s safe to pray this way with me. So why does lament matter? It tells us that God understands. There’s also a number of other ways that I think are so important that for us that I want us to think about think about the impact of this in your personal life and also as a congregation. Not only does it show us God understands but lament prepares us for suffering. Lament prepares us. In fact the very fact that there are lament prayers in the Bible say that listen you could be doing everything right You could have a rich prayer life. You could be obeying God in every area of your life and still you’re going to face suffering. Still things are not necessarily going to work out for you. Don’t be surprised by that and expectations matter. Don’t they right? Like if you have accepted a version of Christianity that says if you accept Jesus and you know if you’re a good if you’re a good Christian you know if you’re a good little boy if you’re a good little girl then everything’s going to go well for you. You do realize that when the reality of this broken world affects you or your family or your finances your faith will unravel with it right? That’s when the psalms of lament say no you can follow God wholeheartedly you can follow him with your whole life and still be plunged into a type of darkness that you don’t realize where is this coming from I don’t know that’s the point there’s a whole book about this in the Bible. The book of Job which is what a guy who was blameless walked upright before God and yet was still plunged into darkness. Jesus prepares us for this doesn’t he? Where he lived a pretty decent life and yet Jesus was a man acquainted with suffering, acquainted with grief right? He a man of suffering, he prepares us for this and so lament prepares us for suffering but not only so but lament can bring you healing. Here’s what I mean by that. If you’ve ever met you know you’re a parent or you’ve got young siblings or something maybe you’ve experienced this where like a kid would come you know into your house any or you know comes up to

you he’s just stomping their feet and just fuming and crying and you know my friends and what they did to me and they were so mean and you know just totally oh you know emotional. What I’ve discovered is if I can sit down with my boys or even as you know as a camp counselor for years you know if I can just say hey when that happened you must have felt so left out right? When that happened you must have just been so angry and if I could just kind of name what’s going on often you know this person’s so mad so angry to say yes that’s exactly how I feel. You know what’s happening there what’s happening there is shared lament. Someone is merely speaking how they feel and all of a sudden they feel understood all of a sudden they realize I’m not crazy someone cares. That’s what lament is. Friends if you experience what’s that like what that’s like in your prayer life where you can come to God and open up your heart to him and not feel like you have to turn what’s going on in your life into adoration you know and not feel like you have to turn it into some form of confession and you know thanksgiving or asking for a question no you just come and pour out your heart to God and the prayer of lament brings healing. Listen there are depths of your heart that no counselor can reach there are depths of your hearts that the human heart that no psychologist or psychiatrist can reach only God can get there. Only God can bring healing to those areas. That’s what lament helps to do. It helps us to come to him in honesty and just say God this is actually what’s going on in my life. Lament prepares us. It brings us healing but there’s a third thing. Is that also lament teaches us compassion. When you learn to respond to your own sufferings not with judgment or not with condemnation or not with like silver linings but just as with lament and you’re able just to lament what should have been what was broken what could have been it starts to make you into the type of person that can hear other people’s sufferings and not feel like you need to have explanations for them, solutions for them, silver linings and you can just lament with them That’s hard for us Canadians we want solutions we want answers and we want explanations and when something goes wrong you know when someone gets sick all of a sudden everyone’s like well I heard about this doctor you know I heard about that I’m not saying those are bad things I know everyone wants to help. There’s also a place just to come alongside the people in our life that are suffering and just suffer with them. If you’ve ever suffered that’s really what you need right? That’s really what you need is someone to come alongside you There’s another value of lament not only does it teach us compassion but lament the prayer of lament creates resistance and here’s what I mean. It’s a prayer that looks at this world and says I’m not okay with that. It’s a prayer of protest. One writer said it so well that lament is, the next slide here. Lament is a refusal to be satisfied with the current state of the world. It’s a prayer that says I’m not okay with that. I’m not okay with that being broken I’m not okay with not being the way God designed that to be and if you look at this Psalm if you read Psalm verses 10 to 14 what you find is the songwriter is like prosecuting God it’s like he’s cross-examining God but what is he doing he’s prosecuting God with his own promises he’s saying God you promised to do wonders you promised faithful love you promised deliverance you’ve promised righteousness. Lament is ultimately a prayer that says God I’m calling on you to do what you’ve promised to do. I’m calling on you to bring your day of justice that as Christians we believe there is a day of justice coming it’s called the day of the Lord. It’s referred to in almost every one of the sermons of the first apostles and followers of Jesus that there is a day coming where God will judge this world. He’s going to bring good and he’s going to set his rule and every evil will be accounted for. It’s amazing to think about. The prayer of lament is saying God I’m not going to make peace with the world of evil. I’m not okay with all the things that are wicked and unjust and violent in this world. Can you imagine if we learned to pray prayers of lament? What it would do to us personally? What would do to us as a congregation? What it would do to us? You and maybe even due to our a larger scale on society and so how do you learn this? How and where do you learn prayers of lament? As the last question and if you look at this psalm Sammy read you probably caught how it ended or it says Darkness is my only friend. This is the last line in Psalm 88 and there’s a number of prayers of lament in the book of Psalms and lamentations other places in the Bible as well. But most of them well they scream at God and they yell at him and say you should have done this and why did that happen and they kind of end hopefully and a lot of them you know end with a line that says but I know that one day I’m going to dwell in the land of the living or but there’s two Psalms that stick out

that are especially hard because they don’t end well. This is one of them. Psalm 88 where it says Darkness is my only friend and in Hebrew the word order is reversed so it says my only friend is darkness. That’s how the Psalm ends. Darkness and it’s this blunt way of the Psalm writers saying God you’re not my friend. Where are you right now? Like you know you’ve let me down where are you when I need you? The other psalm that ends really low like this is Psalm 39 where it says look away from me O Lord that I might rejoice again. Look away from me it’s basically saying look you’re wrecking my life being around. Now what do these Psalms tell us? These Psalms tell us that the only place we really learn to pray lament is in the dark seasons of our life. We learn lament in the dark. You know the Bible is beautiful because on the one hand it says look lament and rage against the suffering and protest and refuse comfort but on the other hand it also says look God’s going to use these dark seasons of your life and it may be that in the darkness you see God clearest and it may be in the darkness that he shows himself to you and does things in your life that he could do in no other way and you read that you hear that you think how is that possible, how is it possible that the darkness, the God-forsaken spaces of our life can be the places of encounter with God. How is that possible? As you look at this list Darkness is my only friend… why do you hide your face from me? As I read these two who do these remind you of darkness is my only friend you will you reject me forever my life draws near to death my companions have all abandoned me does this remind you of someone who plunged themselves into darkness? Does this remind you of someone who was abandoned by all their friends who felt the face of God turn away from him that felt the wrath of God? Jesus because he experienced the real darkness. He on the cross what was the cross? The cross was God the Father turning his back on God the Son. it was Jesus entering into hell that’s what is Hell is the absence of God’s presence. That’s what happened on the cross. Jesus went to hell and back It’s because he did that, that when we go through our darkest valleys, the seasons that would bring the most lament we know that’s because Jesus was alone that we know we’re never truly alone. There’s a God that’s with us. What do you have on the cross? You have Jesus crying out and he says this, all the gospel writers record this right? My God my God why have you forsaken me? What is Jesus doing he’s actually praying Psalm 22. He’s praying a prayer of lament. God why have you forsaken me? He’s singing songs of lament in the dark. Jesus dying in your suffering. Jesus dying for your sin not only because you’ve suffered but you’ve been the source of suffering for someone else What happens as a result of all that and what he’s done and the cross if you notice those questions those irreverent questions that we looked at Jesus has miraculously redeemed every one of these questions Do you show your wonders? Yes he shows his wonders to the dead, that’s what the resurrection means Their spirits do rise up and praise him. Your love is declared in the grave. It’s in the grave in the empty tomb of Jesus we have the greatest hope. The destruction of the cross is now seen as a faithful symbol of God’s mercy and faithfulness to us. Are your wonders no one in the place of darkness? Yes that’s exactly what’s happened. He has redeemed every one of these questions and because of that it means that all of our laments are hopeful. All of our laments actually point to a brighter future. There’s a guy named Nicholas Woltersdorf who wrote a book that’s helped me so much. I’ve been reading this book a few times over the years. He’s a professor at Yale. He lost one of his sons in a rock climbing accident and he wrote this book as a lament for himself. He published it and it’s helped so many people. We actually sell this in our bookstore if you’re grieving, but what struck me as I picked up when we had ordered them in to sell I picked up a copy and he had written a new preface to his later edition and I just loved what he had said here. He said a friend of mine told me that he had given copies of this book to all his children. Why did you do that I asked? Because it is a love song he said. That took me aback. But yes it is a love song. Every lament is a love song. It’s a great line Every lament, there’s a song by that by Switchfoot every lament is a love song and then he closes with this haunting question he says will love songs one day no longer be laments? Will love songs one day no longer need to be laments and from the rest of the books you know the answer he believes that yes there’s coming a day

when these will all be redeemed because of what Christ has done because Jesus was faithful in his own suffering on the cross how will he not also be faithful to you in your suffering, right? There’s no other God like this friends. There’s no other God who sings sorrow songs in the dark and he comes to meet with us and he comes to heal us and he comes to forgive us. Would you come to him now? If there’s stuff that you’ve been holding on how good it would be to in honesty and sincerity pour it out in lament before a God who knows? The God who knows what it’s like and understands. Let’s pray Heavenly Father I just want to begin by thanking you for these prayers that are included in the Bible as a witness to your understanding that you know how we feel you’ve stood in our shoes you tasted the worst that this world had to offer you were a man acquainted with suffering acquainted with grief and so we pray to a God who knows. Thanks for that ability for us to just be real and honest before you I pray for people here who maybe because of something that deserved lament stopped praying or didn’t pray and haven’t talked to you for years and years and years because of hurt in their life would you give them the courage to try this out to try out this tool of lament to just bring dignity to their suffering and honestly say before you this is what’s going on God this is what was lost this is what I’m grieving for people here where this message just pales in comparison to the horror and the destruction that they’ve experienced and the death of certain hopes and dreams they had may this be a first step lead us on we pray God for all of us show us what that next step is we need you in the name of Jesus we pray. Amen How good it is to know that when we pray we pray to a God who understands. He hears every

cry and he says I understand I’ve been there I know what it’s like for my friends to betray me I know what it’s like to experience the worst this world had to offer and our God is able to take it he’s able to take our strongest prayer, our strongest anger and He is able to hear that. And so don’t miss out on this incredible gift given to us as His people As we pray to Him through the name of Jesus Christ and what He has done. Thanks so much for joining us we invite you back next week for part three. Go in the peace that is ours in following the risen Lord Jesus Christ