A Brief Reflection of Lament and Hope

A Brief Reflection of Lament and Hope

By Leanne Van Dyk, President of Columbia Theological Seminary

July 8, 2016—The Psalms ring every tone of human experience before the face of God:  praise, agony, protest, joy, lament, horror, disbelief, and hope.  On this day, at the end of this week, when our ordinary “coping tactics” seem so frail and futile, the Psalms speak.

Psalm 61:1 speaks our lament and grief, “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer,” and Psalm 62:1 speaks our hope, “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from God comes my salvation.”

God hears all our prayers of lament and longing.  Where else can we go?


Editor Note:

Everyone is invited to a Special Community Gathering in Harrington Center Chapel on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm convened by Dr. Deborah Flemister Mullen, Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President to “open a space on our campus for as many of us as can to gather to speak into this vortex of death-dealing and life-denying actions life-giving words of hope for justice and reconciliation across our land.” 

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