Lamenting Violence Against Women

candle_bibleAbout 35 people assembled in the chancel of Caldwell Chapel Monday night for a worship service that began this week with prayer, song, and meditation. The worship service, led by Rev. Dr. Johanna Bos and Th.M. student Courtney Hoekstra, included reflections on the many forms taken by violence against women. Images and statistics permitted three specific cases to stand for all violence. Music from Megan Case and Brennan Pearson gave subtle shape to silent reflection and helped the group sing its prayer for healing and relief.

So the week began with lament.

Lament is part of our tradition. It is embedded in scripture — well beyond the book of Lamentations, it constitutes most of Psalms, and much of the prophetic literature. Jesus, famously, laments over Jerusalem, with the marvelous image of gathering its suffering children under a sheltering maternal wing. And while worship planners often pass up lament, looking for more encouraging and upbeat texts and moods, we do well to remember that we live lives in a world that daily makes lament fitting.

Fitting, and therefor, also satisfying worship. Sometimes — often? — we are tempted to pass quickly over the concerns to get to the joys, to hurry through the valley of death to get to the table on the other side. Not everyone can hurry, however. Worship that rushes to rejoice, bypassing lament, leaves behind those whose path winds through that valley. Lament slows us down; we walk together through that rough place, bringing the confidence of hope to that solidarity.

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2 thoughts on “Lamenting Violence Against Women

  1. Men dominate as was shown by the attitude the disciples had when the magdalene came to him with her devotion yet also in some parts of a grieving world to women also dominate, (Jezabel). The bible shows us ‘the state that society is in right now. Pilots betrayal and people pleasing ways led to an innocent man (Jesus)being hung. Revelations is showing us the state that the churches are in (especially in America who seems to have a bullet in one hand and a bible in the other and like the pharisees shout very loud when it comes to relgion. Abraham had an affair and then left her to fend for herself and went back to sarah. We have many examples of that in todays society and so on thats why Jesus said One will come who is greater than I. You could say that that I represents the Great I Am that some people seem to think they are. In order to overcome violence we must first seek our own heart and ask the saviour to show us any grief and pain that is there that could lead us into violence, both male and female. Its the Great I Am of men thhat need obedience from there women that in betrayl (as they see it) leads them into violence. The male ego is the enemys biggest stronghold as wars across the world prove. Love conquers all and The Father will gift his grieving both male and female, but we must seek our hearts in an honest and open way silently and quietly with the Father ans then he can heal us and we then can go on to heal others. The Humanity in man is shallow.

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