Are we really happy? Do we really see this day as good?
Acting as if life is always happy is something we Christians are very, very good at. We don’t get a lot of instruction in the difficult passages of scripture, such as Lamentations, or the Psalms of Lament. We gloss over them, thinking, surely, nobody feels that way anymore.
But people do.
People who are in church every Sunday with their hands raised and singing the upbeat songs might be collapsing in despair and grief the moment they are alone. The weight of having to put on a good face so that their faith or commitment to Jesus won’t be doubted is a lot for some people to bear. Because we do this, don’t we? We judge people’s devotion by what we see in an hour or so, once a week. We judge people’s devotion by what political stands they take or if they forward or post trite stories and sayings so as to prove they aren’t embarrassed by their faith.
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