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Community Circle Inspiration Resource
This Week October 7, 2020
Excerpt from To Be Told: Know Your Story, Shape Your Future by Dan Allenender
“In those moments of unnaming when we have lost ourselves, we must remember to return to our past redemptions to find God’s mark of glory on our abandonment, betrayal, and shame. We wrongly believe that we will be happy if we can escape the past. But without our past we are hollow and plastic beings who have only common names and conventional stories. When we enter into our story at the point, we lost our name, we are most likely to hear the whisper of our new name.”
Excerpt from the Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann
“The fact that Jesus weeps and that he is moved in spirit and troubled contrasts remarkably with the dominant culture. That is not the way of power, and it is scarcely the way among those who intend to maintain firm social control. But Jesus is engaged not in social control but in dismantling the power of death, and he does so by submitting himself to the pain and grief present in the situation, the very pain and grief that the dominant society must deny.”
1. What is the role of “lament” in your spiritual life, our faith community, or you experiences?
2. Can you remember ever praying or crying out as the author of Lamentations does? What was that like? How was it helpful or important or was it?
3. In our scripture from Lamentations and in our reading from Dan Allender the process of lament contains within it the promise or possibility of renewal or rebirth (renaming in Allender’s words). Can you share a time of renewal or rebirth that you have experienced?
4. Walter Brueggemann says that Jesus weeps and that is in contrast to the way of power. Why is crying not acceptable or seen as strong in our culture? Why do you think it is important that Jesus (we) are able to cry and show emotion?
5. Brueggemann says that “Jesus is engaged not in social control but in dismantling the power of death”. What does that mean? To dismantle the power of death?