Returning to our fall term theme of seeking Biblical wisdom for these challenging times, GCF member Robert Revington, a PhD student in Church History at Knox College, will lead us in reflecting on Psalms of lament. Here is his summary of what we'll be discussing:
Have you ever felt like you were being ignored? The psalmists in the Bible know the feeling! There are many psalms in the Bible identified as "psalms of lament" where the psalmist complains about not having prayers answered or how others in the community are ostracizing them. This week, we will discuss some personal stories from our own lives and discuss the feelings of the psalmist in the psalms of lament. The psalmists communicate openly and honestly--and this honesty should be prized in faith communities. Indeed, honest communication is the backbone to any successful relationship. Robert will also pull from his own own research and look at how new developments in psychological research from the last few decades can help us interpret the psalms--and perhaps even some of our own difficult life experiences. It will be an authentic look at how the life of faith is not always sunshine--but the Bible doesn't pretend that it is either.
I hope you can join us on Thursday.