Into the Light

Into the Light by P. Lynn Miller
Into the Light by P. Lynn Miller

Into the Light: Finding Hope through Prayers of Lament

By P. Lynn Miller

Suggestions for Leaders by Dee Koza

Welcome to the 2020–2021 Presbyterian Women/Horizons Bible study, Into the Light: Finding Hope through Prayers of Lament. In this nine-lesson study, Lynn Miller revives lament as a proper theological response to the difficult situations of our world. One of the foundational points of the study is that, in scripture, lament usually leads to hope. After crying out to God, the one who laments remembers God. And while that doesn’t fix things in the moment—the injustice, the loss still exists—the lamenter is strengthened to face the world and to hope. And for us as Christians, hope is not just an emotional response or an attitude of pie in the sky. Hope implies movement: both God’s inherent movement toward justice and our movement toward God. Recovering lament may be one of the church’s most timely gifts to the world.

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Presentation at the 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women (August 2-5, 2018, Louisville, KY)