In a faith focused on resurrection hope, patient endurance, and victory in Christ, is there any room for pain, doubt, and anger? In Scripture, lament is the prayer that makes that room. Not only is lament one of the most common forms of prayer in the Old Testament, it's also woven deeply into the fabric of the New Testament and the Christian way. Lament is the cry for all those who ache over the way things are but aren't content to let them stay that way. It's the prayer for all the ways that the kingdom has not yet come, in the hope that God's justice and peace will prevail--someday.
Rebekah Eklund teaches Scripture, theology, and ethics at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. She is the author of Jesus Wept: The Significance of Jesus’ Laments in the New Testament (2015).
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