… you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices.

“You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.”  John 16:20

I have been sad for a variety of reasons— several friends who are seriously ill, others who are dying, friends who are in between things in life and living without being able to look very far ahead, and my own little list of feeling useless, etc. –and then feeling guilty for such darkness in the midst of much that is beautiful, life-giving and worthy of joy.

I hear these words above as a commandment to grieve.

Go on, grieve, there is much that calls for grief, grief is not the wrong thing to do, it is called for!

There is a form of power in grieving, in lamentation. This power source is not automatic, perhaps not even likely when we are lost in hard places.  When we do manage to come through those hard places and back into the light this happens through the opening that grief and lament accomplish inside of us.

We open to each other, and to the Holy One.

That opening is another power aspect of grief and lament.

By means of this opening we are moved towards each other, into each others’ arms, hearts, and tears.

About kathrynrickert

Possibly from watching the movie Bambie at the age of 6, I have had a life-long awareness that saying ONLY nice things, does not make the world just or kind. Thus, my 2009 doctoral dissertation..."Talking Back to God" , is one of the main aspects of the work I do. Always interdisciplinary, seeking connections across borders that are usually marked with DO NOT ENTER, I seek to pay attention, pray, think, create,and imagine using biblical laments, Christian worship texts, and the ordinary stuff of everyday life.
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5 Responses to … you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices.

  1. Lincoln says:

    Thank you.

  2. Kedda says:

    Hi. I just found your blog because of the link on Facebook! I’ll be back to read more.

    • Kedda,

      I would deeply appreciate hearing from you. You, after all that you are going
      through with Steve, know a lot more about some of this than I do.
      Please don’t hesitate to let me know what doesn’t work for you!



  3. Becky Myrick says:

    I am with you on the POWER of going deep within and not being afraid to see the darkness and fear within. St John spoke about that with great eloquence. When we are broken open, new things emerge and new courage that has incredible staying power!

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