WEEK EIGHT: ADULTS, TEENS & TWEENS

NOVEMBER 4 - 8
Recommended 4th Grade to Adults

Lamentations isn’t a “feel-good” book. It’s a collection of five lament or “funeral” poems (poems of sorrow and mourning) that give voice to the grief of God’s people in the wake of Jerusalem’s fall and Judah’s demise in 587 BC. Lamentations gives you the emotions, emotions that are raw, honest, dark, and even volatile at times.

WATCH

Watch the video on Lamentations on this page. ​(Same as last week)

DISCUSS

What thoughts have come up for you this week when you were thinking about the Lamentations, Part 1 study?

These laments give a sacred dignity to the emotion we feel when we see injustice and suffering. We can learn to see lament as an important spiritual exercise that brings our anger, pain, and confusion to God, trusting that he cares about it too. Learning to lament is an uncomfortable, yet important, part of our spiritual growth, and since there’s so much worth lamenting in the world right now, this is an appropriate time to practice.

 

READ & REFLECT

Read: Lamentations 3

Reflect

In what ways do you resonate with the idea of lamenting as part of spiritual growth? What part has the spiritual practice of lamenting played in your life?

 

How do you think God views our lamenting? Do you believe that he is lamenting alongside us?

Read: Lamentations 3:21-23 (Again)

Reflect

How does God’s mercy shine through in the hard places of life?

 

These verses are commonly used, and surprising to find in Lamentations. What hope can we find in practicing lamenting, mourning, grief in our own lives?

 

PRAY

Blessed Jesus, in the comfort of your love, we lay before you the memories that haunt us, the anxieties that perplex us, the despair that frightens us, and our frustration at the inability to think clearly. Help us to discover your forgiveness in memories and know your peace in distress. Touch us, O Lord, and fill us with your light and your hope. Amen.

ACTIVITY

Find a place that is comfortable for you to pray out loud. Try it out to see if it might be something you could practice regularly!

FROM THE CLERGY
David Meginniss shares his commentary on this week's lesson.

WANT TO DIG DEEPER? 

Sunday Morning Coffee Hour is now dedicated to Faith Stories discussion. 

Bunny Cox will facilitate this discussion! 

Grab your coffee and join us at 10 AM on Sunday on Zoom!

Follow this link to join us https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85217072369

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