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Lament

Why Doesn't God Always Heal? Prayer and Incurable Cancer

J. Todd Billings | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion
J. Todd Billings

I don't know why God allows cancer. But I do know that we should pray in the face of illness and death. And while I've appreciated the many prayers for healing that I've received, I sense that often they could be enhanced by combining them with prayers of lament.

Don't Ask The Crocus (A Lament For Boston)

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

Don't ask the crocus, "Where is God?" / as though the crocus can respond to / our cries echoing over the flower beds. / The purple blooms have done their best / to disguise the traces of our bitter violence; / their job is not to soothe our seething conscience.

Recovering A Politics of Lament In Our Faith Communities

C. Christopher Smith | Posted 10.02.2012 | Religion
C. Christopher Smith

Aurora has reminded us that lament is sorely lacking in our land. Our faith communities are faced with a prime opportunity to recover the practice of lament and point us toward a society that is more compassionate and humane.

Zero Tolerance: Trump, Schwarzenegger, and Strauss-Kahn

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.26.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

While the primary blame for abuse and misdeed against women lies with the perpetrators themselves, we should look next at the good men who say nothing. It's time for good men to hold accountable those who abuse women.