God created us as complex creatures, capable of feeling and sensing a whole garden of emotions. Made in the image of our Creator, we can both grieve the wrongs of this world, and celebrate the sweetness of this life.
This 2-week reading plan will lead us through a series of passages from Scripture that examine the seasons of mourning and dancing in the life of a believer. In the written responses here on the site, our writers will enter into this tension, articulating their personal experiences with grief and joy in hopes of freeing you to explore your own. By immersing our hearts and minds in God’s Word, and honestly presenting our laments to Him, may we remember that God is present with us, He is good, and He is faithful.
It was Valentine’s Day several years back, so I took my wife out for dinner and a movie. She usually doesn’t like that type of date since it doesn’t involve enough talking, but I’ve convinced her that the dinner part of it does include talking, so it balances out. Sometimes I get my way.
We had a great dinner. I told her we were going to see this new Don Cheadle movie that I didn’t know much about, but heard it was getting great reviews. It was going to be great, I assured her.
So I took my wife to see Hotel Rwanda on Valentine’s Day. We both cried our eyes out. We were wrecked. We went home absolutely spent in every way, calling out to God to save our broken world.
The thing is, I’m a big softy for this sort of film. I’ll cry at almost anything that deals with injustice—and I think that’s the way we’re supposed to be. We need these tears. We need to cry out. There are massive amounts of Scripture like Lamentations, Psalm 68 and 94, Deuteronomy 16:19, and major portions of Isaiah, that say God cares about injustice and so should His people.
I don’t really need Don Cheadle to bring this home for me. I can read the news. I can look at our prisons. I can watch the lawmakers. I can grieve the deaths or the scams or the biases or the lack of fair opportunities or access. I can hate discrimination, sickness, death, disease, hunger, and illiteracy. I can beat injustice down. I can light a candle in the darkness. I can hope for change and be the change. I can stand up and speak out and fight back.
But ultimately, I can hope for more than that. I can hold onto the truth that Jesus is coming back someday and, when He does, all will be set right. Every broken thing will be fully restored.
That’s an incredible hope, and it’s one that I fully cling to in this unjust world.
Written By Doug Serven