The experience of loss is universal. Sudden, tectonic-plate-shifting loss of someone/thing you loved. A phone call from the police or the doctor's office. And small losses - the project at work that failed, the friendship you had hopes for that just stalled out at the level of okay.
The Bible shows us that God doesn't deny the human experience of loss, anymore than its healthy for us to. In fact the Psalms in particular model people praying their loss, and the resulting pain, in open-ended ways. “For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me." Psalm 38:17
Sunday begins the most all-in preaching series I will do for a long time - finding hope in the blues of our loss and grief. I've wanted to examine the specific experience of loss in the Bible for a long time, and now we get to do that together. I can't wait.
The parts of the Bible that deal best with loss and grief are the more artistic parts - the lyricism of the Psalms and the poetry of Lamentations. So to accompany our series, artists of Lake Forest are hard at work using their sanctified imaginations to lead us all in worship through our sensory experience and supra-rational concepts of beauty and meaning.
I walked around our entry space and worship center this morning and took a few closeups of the material our artists are using to shape our worship encounter with the living God, bringing our loss and grief for healing. (thanks to Tracy, Jerry, Robin, Debbie, Wes, Angela, Ginger and many others on their teams)