“We’ve been faithful to you Lord—but you lead us like sheep to the slaughter! Wake up, God!” That’s #44 in the hymnal that we call the Psalms. Through the Psalm of lament, worshippers are instructed to cry, “It’s not working!” It’s as if God makes tremendous promises, arranges for us to be disappointed, and then helps us to be honest, by giving us the words of lament. We each must die, in order to truly live. When we cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” we are not alone. We are like sheep led to slaughter—But look, there is a slaughtered Lamb standing on the throne! We all pray for shrimp, but God is bound and determined to give us Himself. And then… “all things with Him.”

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