How I Learned to Lament

Lament is all throughout scripture but rarely discussed in church. However, the Psalms, Lamentations, and many of the Old Testament prophets show us that God welcomes our lament. We are free to speak our pain and anguish before him for God hears us and answers us (Ps. 34; Ps. 6). In this video, Mark Vroegop tells his story of learning how to lament. 

Through a personal journey, through pastoral ministry, through trying to help grieving and hurting people, and frankly just trying to figure out how to make sense of my own struggles of pain and grief, I backed into this category of lament. No one sets out to learn lament. But once you find it, you’re so thankful because there’s grace that God can give you when the dark clouds of hardship and pain roll into your life.

Video adapted from Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy by Mark Vroegop; this content originally appeared on Crossway.org; used with permission.
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Mark Vroegop

Mark Vroegop (MDiv, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary) is the lead pastor of College Park Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a conference speaker, a council member with the Gospel Coalition, a trustee of Cedarville University, and the author of Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy. Mark blogs at markvroegop.com.​

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