Lament is a gift from God. It allows us to name and appropriately celebrate the goodness of what was lost. Lent is a season for intentional lament, to embrace the sacredness of our tears and deeply grieve. Jesus himself was visibly upset at the death of his friend Lazarus, and models for us the power of lament.
Jesus was angry at the Pharisees for their hardness of heart, and it motivated him to heal the man’s hand. Embracing anger can be hard to do, especially since we are so often coached to avoid it. However, often those who are telling us to avoid anger are only doing