If we live long enough, we all have reasons to practice lament as a spiritual discipline. If you’re sorrowing, please know Jesus entered into humanity to identify with you and enter into the distress you feel at this very moment. When you are desolate, know the angels of heaven encompass you in prayer. I told my grieving neighbor the day after her husband died that I’d have faith for her when she could not. It’s compelling that laments in scripture are addressed to God. Prophets and psalmists wailed, “How long must suffering continue?” These people trusted mighty God enough to know they wouldn’t be rejected if they kept it real.
—Jan Woodard, Texting Through Cancer: Ordinary Moments of Community, Love, and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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See, O Lord, how distressed I am;
my stomach churns,
my heart is wrung within me,
because I have been very rebellious.
In the street the sword bereaves;
in the house it is like death.
—Lamentations 1:20, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
For this week’s prayer, insert the name of someone facing cancer or other illness.
Loving Heavenly Father,
I place _______ into your loving care, and I pray that you will comfort his/her heart and bring peace and calm as he/she faces pain, worry, and fear. Amen.
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