It's the last week of September and the weather mood swings in Minnesota (90 degrees last weekend, 50 degrees today) are mirroring my own transition to Fall. One thing that has helped me navigate this season of change is a new weekly series on celebration and lament that I started over at Off the Page.
Celebration and lament are two spiritual disciplines needed at all times, but mostly, the North American church misunderstands these practices. We are afraid that shouting off the rooftops about good things may be seen as self-congratulatory; we fear that decrying evil may descend into unproductive rage. Instead, true celebration leads to wonder and worship of our Creator and true lament leads to repentance and mourning with God — essential aspects of Christian faith.
Each week, I am scribbling down one reason to celebrate and one reason to lament. Already I've written four pieces, running the gamut from DACA legislation, adoption, devastating hurricanes, and the blessing of Medicaid. These reflections will be published every Thursday for the next two months so if you want to follow along check out my Facebook and Twitter pages where I share my writing on a regular basis.
As always, thank you for reading along. I'd love to hear the reasons you are celebrating or lamenting this fall.