Thomas McKenzie
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A Time for Lament


Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.
--From the Book of Common Prayer

What a horrible day.  The news of the disgusting and heinous actions of a murderer in Connecticut hit me hard.  My prayers have been with the victims and their families all day long.  

Such evil should never happen.  It makes me angry.  I want to do something; I feel out of control.  It makes me scared for my own children, and for the children of my friends and family, for the children in our congregation.  In the midst of my anger and fear, I know that Christ is Lord.  I don’t understand why these things happen, but I pray for the grace to trust Jesus in the midst of this horror.

In times like this, I think the best thing we can do is lament.  So I give you the words of lament of the prophet Jeremiah, the words Matthew quoted so long ago.  I encourage you to pray the words, and remember those who mourn tonight.  

When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi. Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: 
“A voice was heard in Ramah,
Weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children;
And she refused to be comforted,
Because they were no more.”
--Matthew 2:16-18