Less than three years ago, a special service came about quite spontaneously in an attempt to create deliberate, focused time and space for those of us who needed or wanted to lament a seemingly endless accumulation of human tragedy and suffering throughout the entire year of 2017.

The year of devastating floods, hurricanes, earth quakes, wildfires, shootings, wars, refugees, violence, division, strife, loss and pain.

Since then we have witnessed all of the above happening over and over again.

Not to mention Pandemics.

I am thankful to be part of a faith community that, for the most part, is fun and joy-filled, yet doesn’t shy away from acknowledging and wanting to pay attention to truly difficult times and circumstances in the world and in our personal lives.

Deep, genuine lament is not only part of our earliest Christian tradition; it is also a necessary element of our human-ness. It fosters empathy for others, it connects us. It helps each one of us cope with the darkness. It relieves us. It comforts us.

With all of my heart, soul and strength; in both uncertainty and hope, I would like to share with you this imperfect but heartfelt offering.

May we all feel the desperately needed Light of God shine upon us.

May we look up to receive that Light, and be comforted.


decor / photography©️oraetdecora

Music, lyrics: ©️Eliza Gilkyson, “Requiem”

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