When there is a natural disaster or a national tragedy, the damage is visible and the needs are known. So what in this moment are we to do when we don’t fully know how long and how damaged things will get? When we are instructed to avoid being near each other?
Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored;
renew our days as of old—
unless you have utterly rejected us,
and are angry with us beyond measure.” (Lamentations 5:20-22)
I know many of you will be tempted to say, “But it isn’t that bad.” Or, “They have it so much worse.” That may be true, yet you still have permission to name your loss and the hurt you feel and give it to God. God can handle your lament. This may be our first pandemic, but it isn’t God’s first.
Lament first crossed my mind when my kids were told that school was going to be canceled for the next few weeks. I expected them react like it was a snow day and that they would be excited at first, but they weren’t. When their feelings of sadness and disappointment become words they were naming loss.
What kinds of loss are you experiencing?
-The loss of school field trips
-the loss of performing plays and musicals
-the loss of further social distancing by the already socially distant