The weight of this sad time

By Dave Henning / September 12, 2019

“The weight of this sad time we must obey; speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.”- William Shakespeare, King Lear

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”- C. S. Lewis, writing to Rev. Peter Bide

As Aubrey Sampson continues Chapter 1 of The Louder Song, she talks about a life-changing concert she attended at a little theater-in-the-round in downtown Chicago.   While choir members clothed in all black walked onto the stage., a quote from King Lear appeared on the screen. Furthermore, they started to sing what Aubrey describes as a slow, sad, and ancient funeral dirge.  In addition, the mood in the theater grew sorrowful and heavy.

However, as Aubrey focused on that choir, a second choir silently filled the room, surrounding the entire audience.  Suddenly, they raised their voices over the first choir and the audience.  Most noteworthy, they sang a classic U2 refrain – “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.”

Above all, note the title of that performance – A Lament.  So, Aubrey wondered, just what am I looking for?  Hence, the author explains:

“It’s not the pain itself, I realize. . . .  not even the grief.  It’s not the fear about what might happen.  It certainly is those things, but they are coupled with something more, something I haven’t wanted to admit.  Something I’m terrified to confess, because then it will be real. . .  .  Here’s the truth: I’ve been looking for God to show up.  Or if he has, I can’t seem to find him. . . .  Where is God in this?  What’s he doing?  I have no answers for these questions.  All I know is that God not longer fits into the box I have designated for him.”

Today’s question: What Bible verses, Christian books, or hymns/songs help you process the weight of this sad time?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Avoid or ignore pain – God never does”

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