Worship and the Lament Open Access

Byer-Thomas, Andrea (Spring 2022)

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Many interpreters of the Bible have chosen to tone down the reality of the ever-green-like presence of trauma in the human experience. Hence, worship practices focus mainly on the possibility of a good outcome without acknowledgement and treatment of the many-nuanced hardships of life. This study aims to encourage the worshipping community—both laity and clergy—to re-examine its worship structure and to learn again to appreciate the value of lament in worship as a tool of liberation and healing. In addition, it aims to shape an understanding of an appropriate relationship between worship and lament to mitigate human suffering by recasting lament as worship through a contextual reading of Psalm 137 and the book of Ruth.

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