We have entered a time of grief like none other in my lifetime. And my life has been filled with grief experiences, it’s part of being a pastor I guess, for not only do we proclaim the gospel weekly, but we enter into your community’s deepest grief as they lose a family member or friend through death. Those deaths are almost always within the congregation, so it is a form of communal grief.
Yet what do you do when this grief is not just for a congregation but for the whole world? That is where we are now and as a country we don’t seem to be able to grieve the losses. I believe that is a profound failure in our leadership, but I won’t go there beyond that. What I’d like to do is share a type of communal lament that our Jewish brothers and sisters have been doing for centuries, the quote above is from a lament Psalm. The video below is called Tisha B’Av is regarded as the saddest day in the Jewish calendar and it is thus believed to be a day which is destined for tragedy. We are in such a tragedy and do not know how to grieve. You will grieve as you watch the video and I will admit it will invoke strong reactions, so please watch, but be aware of what you might feel.