lamenting in thanksgiving

Our pastor spoke this Sunday on the word “lament” and throughout his sermon all I kept thinking about was:
where does lament fit in with continually offering thanksgiving?
How do I take the space to lament and yet still be “always rejoicing”?

Obviously there is a place in our lives for grief and sorrow. The scriptures are full of lament. But they are also full of the reminder that our sorrow is only for a time. Psalm 30:5 reminds us that “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” 2 Corinthians 7:10 tells us that “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret.”

I suppose part of this “always rejoicing” is us offering up our thanksgiving even through our tears. Like David, raising our hands to the sky in sorrow over the loss of a friend, yet having faith in the goodness of God and His plan. Seeking to look for the blessing in the midst of our losses.

311. that as I decrease, He increases
312. that the Lord is teaching me contentment with the abundance that I have and yet don’t see
313. a weekend away with new friends
314. watching my son scale a waterfall with no fear and such pride as he comes back down
315. watching my daughter complete a “hike” with such a joyful spirit
316. walking through the woods on a Saturday afternoon
317. rejoicing with a friend
318. the anticipation of a weekend get-away with a friend
319. that even in my frustration with a child, the Lord prods my stubborn heart towards him
320. that I do not lament alone

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