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So Much Still to Do: A Response to Leonard Maré, Hannah Harrington, and Blaine Charette

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Israel's practice of lament raises various points for discussion and further study. The prophets take up lament in the context of God's judgment, both expressing God's pain and seeking to limit his punishment. The prayer of lament is characterized not simply by the elements that make it up, such as complaints, pleas, and protests, but by the relational context in which it is offered. Laments are energized by the silence of God and carry the potential to revitalize our relationship with God. With the coming of Emmanuel, lament in the New Testament becomes an act of eschatological hope. It is located in the tension between the now and the not yet. As such it flavors our understanding of Christian joy, adding to it a longing for and anticipation of healing and resurrection.


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