Daring to Hope: Experiencing the Grace of Lament

Every human being has the same opening story. Life begins with tears.

Yet this first heartfelt protest and crying of tears does not end simply moments after our birth; it continues throughout our lives because the world is broken.

To cry is human.

Since the emergence of COVID-19, churches across Northern Ireland have been faced with the significant and important challenge of how do we respond to people’s tears, wounds, doubts, pains and sorrow which many people carry as a result of this virus’ devastating effects?

The avalanche of psychological, emotional, and spiritual pain before us and within us because of COVID cannot be swept away or ignored.

As the Church in Northern Ireland and beyond, we need to be able to come together and deal with the realities of what many are experiencing, in the light and grace of who God is.

To do that, as part of the World Day of Prayer 2022, The Bible Society in Northern Ireland have created Daring to Hope: Experiencing the Grace of Lament.

COMING IN MARCH 2022, this accessible, five-session small group resource aims to help people inside and outside of the church rediscover the often-neglected prayer language in the Bible for our travels through a broken world: lament.

Journeying through the Bible, this resource will encounter and explore the four elements of lament:

  1. Turning to God
  2. Bringing our complaint
  3. Asking boldly for help
  4. Daring to trust in God

Through combinations of video teaching, group discussion, personal reflection, and opportunities for participants to learn to lament, Daring to Hope will enable people to stand in the gap and experience the grace of God as they wrestle with the paradox of their brokenness and pain, and the promises of God’s power, faithfulness and goodness.

To register your interest to join us on this journey of turning toward God, living, lamenting and daring to hope, click the tab below!

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)