As I drive around, it's hard not to notice the fact that the fields are turning from a deep green to that tannish yellow that signifies the harvest is near. I'm no farmer, but I've lived in Iowa long enough to know that once the calendar hits late September, the combines will be out soon enough, bringing in the harvest. But the harvest actually begins back in the spring when the farmer is out in the fields, planting the crop that they hope they will harvest in the fall. What lessons does that have for the church today? This Sunday, we'll explore Galatians 6:7-10 and find out.
I've described lament as a pathway from pain and suffering to hope in Christ. And it is the destination that matters the most. In lament, we see past the pain of today and we find hope and joy in Christ that transcends our current situation. The psalmist of Psalm 13 completely understood that idea. This Sunday, as we wrap up our series on Lament, it is my prayer that you will too.
Over the past several weeks, we've learned that lament is the path from suffering and pain to hope, joy and trust in Jesus for the believer. We've discussed how sometimes the suffering just happens to us, sometimes we inflict it upon ourselves, and last week we learned how to help others in their journey as well. There is still one more situation where lament can help us that I want to look at - what happens when everyone is suffering at the same or there is a great injustice in the land? That's what we'll tackle this week before we wrap up our series next week.
During our time studying lament, we've focused on lament as a personal journey from pain and suffering to hope, trust and joy. However, what if life is good right now for you, but your brother or sister is suffering? This week, we'll jump back into the New Testament to connect some dots, so to speak, and see how important it is for each of us to weep with those who weep and mourn with those who morn.