In the fall 2019, I found myself once again a wreck with grief and stress. My younger brother had died of an overdose and then my 18 year-old nephew had committed suicide. These two deaths, along with stress related to my grown daughter, I was an emotional wreck. So, I dragged my husband and I into our pastor’s office for some spiritual care.
As he counseled me on self-care, which included time to rest and prayer, he recommended A Sacred Sorrow by Michael Card. The book uses David and other “lamenters” in the Bible to guide reader on various ways to cry out to God.
Being open, honest and real with God can be a challenge, especially when our emotions of anger, frustration and pain seem contrary to what we think God wants to hear. In fact, the opposite is true–God wants to hear and be part of our human experience.
I encourage you to “lament” with God. He wants to hear and “be with you” and your pain. Lamenting can be through journal (my choice), audio, and/or via video.
I am weary with my sighing;
Every night I make my bed swim,
I dissolve my couch with my tears.
My eye has wasted away with grief; . . .
For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my supplication,
The Lord receives my prayer.
Psalm 6:6-9 David’s cry/prayer to GOD.
Be sure to comment if you have used this book to assist you in lamenting to God about your grief.