Gordon and Melissa welcome back Michayla White, Executive Director of the International Network of Children's Ministry (INCM), to an important conversation on the spiritual practice of lament.
Lament isn’t about the happy at the end of the story. Lament is about the reassurance within the trouble of the story. Lamenting is living through the hard things with God. Lament is what happens when we ask, “Why?” and don’t get an answer. It is never too early to learn that it’s not our role to explain what is happening or why. Our role is to lament — to face the hard and to feel the hard — when we cannot explain.
We do children no favors when we cultivate the lie that life is always going to be easy, sunny and happy. God wants to live closely with us in days that are hard. He will show himself to be enough — bigger than the hard things. Our children need to have this confidence early in life, so let's listen to them and show them how.
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