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The 2nd Song of Christmas, Bethlehem’s Song of Sorrow, from Matthew 2. As Matthew tells it, these are the final words of Christmas: “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” Christmas ends with deep sorrow and tears. How come out of all the ways Matthew could have been directed by the Holy Spirit to end the Christmas story, this way, with the threat on the baby Jesus’ life, the fleeing in the night to Egypt, the slaughter of the innocents, this is the way that first Christmas ends in Matthew? Jesus comes into our grief to share it fully and lead us in a final exodus to a place where sorrow and tears don’t have the last word. Christmas is big enough for your tears. Jesus is worth your tears. And you are worth tears to Jesus. He will be a threatened child, as so many children are threatened today needing someone to speak up for the little ones. And he will be a refugee, so that we have a heart for the refugee, too.
A first attempt at a liturgy of Lament, a practice vital to the Church's participation in the Missio Dei, but largely avoided, ignored or forgotten in the contemporary Christian setting. A brief explanation of the practice, and an attempted reflective exercise using lament.
Lamentations 3:1-24 - What Shall We Say? Lament and Remembrance Within the Community of the Redeemed
God has given the laments of Scripture to shape the individual and the community of the redeemed in their darkest hours. In this sermon, we approach some basic questions of lament and remembrance: What does it look like to lament biblically? How can we come along side those who are grieving? How does remembering God's promises relate to lamenting well?
On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus doesn't have a plan, except to fit into God's plan. "Not what I want," he says, "But what you want." [Matthew 26:39] And God's plan is far more open-ended than we might think. God doesn't have it all planned out ahead of time. When it comes to life in all of its complexities and all of it possibilities, God is far more creative and innovative than we can begin to imagine. Are you willing to take the risk of trusting that God can do something different, something new, something wonderful with you? Then I have some steps for you. Most of us don't like risk, so to give up your dis-hope will take some real discipline and patience. Dis-hope can be a bad habit. It can be an addictive pattern of thinking. Like giving up any other addiction, we have to do it one step at a time. With a tip of my hat to AA, here are my twelve steps for getting from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
How do we deal with the reality of suffering? Pro skateboarder and evangelist Brian Sumner sheds some light on the often neglected subject of Lament.
"Sacrifice: to be made sacred, holy," Sermon for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 27, Year B
The story of the Widow of Zaraphath and Elijah and the story of Jesus and the widow in the Gospel of Mark have in common the strength and the faithfulness of the people who live on the margins. We are often quick to dismiss those that we consider "less than."