By Lilly Lewin
This season has been a hard one for many of us. There is conflict and pain and misunderstanding. There are floods, and earthquakes and a tsunami. There is famine and poverty here at home, and abroad. There are votes that count, and votes we cannot control. All of this gives me pause and can lead me down the dark road of despair if I’m not careful. A good friend reminded me of the Beatitudes this morning. And she reminded me of the great practice of lament. We all need to be honest with our pain and our grief. We need to express it in order to heal. My good friend Mark Scandrette created a fantastic resource on living out the Beatitudes called The Ninefold Path. Each Beatitude has a prayer posture and a BEAT, or practice, to live out. There is a great resource guide you can do on your own or with a small group too. But today, in the midst of the pain and grief of our world, I want to offer Mark’s Beat #2… on The Way of Lament, Blessed are those who Mourn . Watch it below and do the prayer posture. Allow the God of love and hope to bring you comfort. Allow the peace of Jesus to flow over you! And Light a candle today and remember that the darkness cannot overcome the Light.
I am on a day of bereavement leave today from work. I have lost 3 loved ones this year both young and old. It is no coincidence that God had you post this today! Thank you for letting God use you, your words and the words of others that you share.
Very sad time of year for me. I lost my dear Dad on October 11, 2015 and my Mom December 11, 2014. I miss them both so much. My life will never be the same. Did