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April 17, 2019

Mornings w Carmen 4-17-2019 hour 2: Blessings, curses and the need to recover the language and practice of lament

When you hear the word blessing what comes to mind?

How about the word curse?

Does God bless and does God curse?

How can we live under the prior and not the latter?


All that in Carmen’s conversation in the first half hour with Bill English.


Then, we turn to the reality of the lament with pastor Mark Vroegop. His new book, Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament is intensely personal, pastoral and applicable to the realities of the world in which we all dwell together. These are mean times – between the already and the not yet of the Kingdom’s full reality and the King’s full reign. That means we remain subject to the consequences of the Fall. We get sick. Kids die. Disaster strikes. Sin redoubles. We don’t know how to speak the language of those who are suffering and thus, we must recover the language of lament and then its practice.

Mark walks us through the four steps of lament (that can come in any order):

  1. Turn to prayer.
  2. Bring our complaints.
  3. Ask boldly.
  4. Choose to trust.

Lament can be a conduit of faith as we vocalize our grief and need in faith with confidence in God.

Carmen and Mark talk about several Psalms of lament and if you want one particularly poignant for holy week, read Psalm 22.

As a bonus, Carmen asks Mark to share about his sermon prep process. Pastors, trust me, YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS.



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