[16 inches wide by 20 inches high, brushed aluminum]
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, I participated in an online study of the Book of Lamentations led by my associate rector. As the Lamentations study drew to a close, I was surprised to discover that my visual reflections touched on the five elements associated with the biblical Psalms of Lament: Lament, Invocation, Confidence, Praise, and Petition.
The Lamentations study reinforced for me that lament is an integral part of faith, one that is grounded in a relationship of intimacy with and trust in God. In surrendering to God’s unconditional love and steadfast faithfulness, we can confidently embrace our human inclination toward lament, trusting that God will receive even our most raw and uncensored cries as expressions of the faith that tethers us to the One whose love will never let us go.
The background “texture” for this digital collage (printed onto brushed aluminum) is the text of the hymn, “How Can I Keep from Singing?” Regardless of life’s circumstances, I, too, am moved to express my faith in “endless song.”