God, I am weary of lament.

I am weary of lamenting gun violence
in my home country.
I would rather make joyful noise,
praise God with the harp of my heart,
loud symbolic cymbals in my words.
I want to claim
that after a long night of weeping,
joy comes in the morning.

I confess that I cannot catch up
with all the shootings.
I confess I do not like that
the majority of psalms are laments.

Yet we cannot turn away,
as if we have had enough of this issue,
when we know of any family’s grief.
We cannot hide from the sorrow,
focusing on the hopefulness
of re-opening.

And so we grieve
alongside those with family and friends
who died this weekend alone,
at a birthday party in Colorado Springs,
a park in Kinloch, Missouri,
a hotel in Phoenix, Arizona,
and pray for healing of injured bystanders
in these places, and, also,
two women, a four year old child,
in Times Square.

O God, turn us around,
so that our laments soften hearts,
and our psalms change laws.
amen.

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14 Responses to God, I am weary of lament.

  1. beegood1 says:

    Amen 🙏

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Yesterday while I was puttering around I found my leather #notonemore bracelet and wondered if I could put it away….guess not. #stopmakingbullets and get with the program folks,PLEASE

  3. Amen. Weary of laments too, along with prayers and moments of silence.

  4. LLDuBreuil says:

    Lord, yes!

  5. revlmftblog1 says:

    When I first saw the title, I thought it said, “I’m sick of lame… ” and I would have said, “excuses about why we can’t get rid of guns”… You chose the more spiritual path. Life and laments are in that space between God (what should be) and the world and the NRA (what shouldn’t be). It’s probably best to be closer to God, but it sucks to live in the widening gulf between the two. Peace, John

    • Maren says:

      Your comment made me smile and that may be the only smile I ever get out of the fight against guns in the hands of everyone. And, yes, the gulf is becoming desperately wide.

      • revlmftblog1 says:

        I’m happy to help! We are soooo wrong in idolizing guns in this country. At the same time, we’re *proud* of our love of guns. It’s Americana! Arrgh! Keep up the good fight. Peace, John

      • Maren says:

        I will try. We will all try.

  6. Deane says:

    and so we grieve. and mourn. and weep.
    and continue to pray for desperately needed, long overdue change; how-can-those-who-can-stop-this-be-so-blind; how can they not care? 🙏🏼

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