When Rev. Margie Swenson reviewed my recently published book, Hope After Trauma and PTSD: Making Sense of the Pain, she wrote:
“This book is about the need to lament—to live in the grief and sorrow and not run from it—yet to lament with hope because of God’s redeeming work in and through every circumstance in life.”
If you’ve suffered a trauma, you understand the meaning of “lament.” You grieve and ache for what was lost. Sorrow flows from your spirit. Your bed is wet with weeping.
But through it all, something hovers at the edge of your pain. You’re not ready to see it fully yet, but you know it’s there. It’s hope, faithful hope, waiting for you to reach out, take hold, and begin to recover from your sojourn through pain.
One day you’ll start to shed your burden as hope floods your life and replaces your tears with laughter and joy.
For Christ-followers, hope comes from knowing that God works everything together for good for those who love him. We might not be able to imagine a positive future … or even a future at all. But God keeps his promises, no matter how we feel. If we turn to him, we’ll one day see the good that grew out of an unfathomable tragedy.
A friend sent me a link to a video of “2Cellos.” As I listened, the music reached down to my deepest sorrow. Then it lifted my spirit up, up … where hope lives.
The next day, my friend sent me the lyrics. The song is indeed a lament with hope.
I’ve included links to these magnificent pieces. I hope you’ll open your soul to experience in music what you have experienced in life: deep sorrow, unimaginable hope.
-Words and Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGhZqmyne5M
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