Grief knows us before we know grief. Our bodies usually know it first. Deep in our bodies, we long for a community to share–and sing–our grief with us.
We want another soul to be by our side. We want community, solidarity. So, we need a thicker section of lament songs in our hymnals. Around the globe, refugees cry out for someone to stand with them, to sing with them.
Let us groan with the Holy Spirit and sing with our deepest emotions. Let us find a shared song of grief, to sing side by side with our neighbors. Let us finally seek change and healing with our songs.
This message is an excerpt from “Sing by my side” by Liv Larson Andrews in the October 2019 issue of Gather magazine.
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