Learning Lament: The Opening Lament - #ec2dot01
The time has arrived for Another Empty Conversation - a show that lets you eavesdrop on a conversation about faith and following Jesus. We talk about our faith so you can talk about yours.
Welcome back to season 2 of Another Empty Conversation!
We are kicking off this new season with “Learning Lament: Faith and Sadness of Biblical Proportions” a deep look into the book of Lamentations - what it meant then and what it should mean for us today.
For this series, our conversation will be constructed a little differently. Each of the bi-weekly podcasts will center around a theme we found while reading the book of Lamentations.
Most of our themes are taken from the book Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times by Soong-Chan Ra which you can purchase from the link in the show notes. It is one of the best books I have read. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
Our conversation will center around answering five questions focused on the week’s themes. I will share the questions with you so you can join in with the discussion as we talk about our faith and learning lament.
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The theme this week is the Opening Lament: We tackle some of the questions that we came across in our studies and speaking of questions it is time for this week’s Focus 5:
This Week's Focus 5:
- When you read through the first chapter of Lamentations, what sticks out at you?
- Is it shocking to hear God’s chosen people in such pain and agony?
- Why did Jerusalem fall and the Israelites suffer?
- What role does God play in the fall of the city?
- What role do the people play in the fall of the city?
We do a good job at shying away from hardship and tragedy. We run away from reality, especially when it painful. Proper lament forces to face the harshness of reality, but it helps truly learn and experience the reality of the presence of God in our lives.
During our time of learning lament, I hope that we can learn to be honest with God and with each other. Honesty brings about a true atmosphere of community and worship.