On February 24, Erica Scoffield Nellessen spoke to us about lament as a practice of discipleship.
Lament, she says, is very heavy. It’s an intense experience. Just listening to the scripture of Lamentations 5 and Psalm 88 being read fills her with emotions that aren’t easy to sit with. Even as a social worker… And that’s what she gets paid to do — sit with other people’s difficult emotions. This topic can be a difficult one. A scary one. A weird one for many of us, especially US Americans. Because frankly we’re not used to it. But she believes that God has a life-giving gift for all of us if we choose to engage.