An emphasis of my blog is that it is okay to be honest with God and each other.  As my Pascal tagline states: “In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.” Sometimes we experience very real doubts, struggles…shadows. But are we lamenting or complaining?? There is a difference.

Sometimes I’ve heard an individual express themselves, and while I could not quite put my finger on it, I was concerned with how it came across. It was more like…bitterness and complaint, rather than simple honesty and lament. This excerpt from Ann Voskamp’s book made a good point:

Lament is a cry of belief in a good God, a God who has His ear to our hearts, a God who transfigures the ugly into beauty.
Complaint is the bitter howl of unbelief in any benevolent God in this moment, a distrust in the love-beat of the Father’s heart…
True lament is the bold faith that trusts Perfect Love enough to feel and cry authentic.” –  Ann Voskamp

Further clarity:
“Lament turns to God knowing that He alone can carry our burdens.
Complaining curses God and breeds a spirit of self-righteous contempt.”
-From HERE

Good article here:
What’s the Difference between Lament and Complaint?
“What’s the difference between lamenting and grumbling? First, in a lament, you’re talking to God, not about God…”

More on lament HERE:
Is lament pessimism? Is lament devoid of hope? Is lament complaining? Is it okay to lament?

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