Today's Lectionary Text
O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
Turn, O Lord, save my life;
I am weary with my moaning;
Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
Let me admit, I am tired. I feel worn out. All I want to do is take a nap. As our world is troubled by a global pandemic our country addresses systemic racism, I feel tried from all which has happened in the last few months. I feel as though myself and many others are crying out to God, and simply crying out with pain, grief, and a call for justice on our lips. For myself, I have grieved not seeing my friends or church community in the physical church building. I have been moved to work on addressing my own racism, after watching many black and brown bodies be unjustly harmed and killed.
Many might feel disheartened and unsure what this all means for us. And we feel like the psalmist who writes, “Weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.” (Psalm 6:6) Our world right now is weeping and crying out due to the great pain and injustice present in our world. In this moment, tears and sleepless nights might be all we can manage. Often, we are told to simply stay positive, to not be sad by the world but to find joy. But there is such power in lamenting or expressing our grief to God. For God hears our cries. For God knows the pain we are experiencing and lets us all have our moment to express our pain and just lament. God’s steadfast love never leaves us, and the God of life will be the one who cares for us in these moments. If you are feeling frustrated, sad, or lost: call out to God. Lament. Feel all the emotions. And know God’s steadfast love will never leave you, even during pain and challenges.
Lincoln St. Marks UMC
Prayer for Reflection
God of resurrection, there is much pain and sadness in our world. Hear our laments and reassure our spirits so we can continue to bring healing and life to this world. In your everlasting name we pray. Amen.
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