Each of us will, sooner or later, find ourselves gripped by inexplicable loss. With no advanced warning, darkness exploits a small crack in the facade, worming its way into a place it doesn’t belong.
In the midst of tragedy, those who are hurting naturally want answers. They want someone to provide explanations and help them process what’s taking place. I suppose a few even want to delve into theology; exploring the confusing meaning and scope of theodicy.
These types of responses are to be expected. We all desire to find the underlying meaning in the aftermath of a catastrophe.
Yet, sometimes the only sensible thing to do is weep.
I understand the “push back,” but I sincerely think we periodically need to enter into a season of lament.
Obviously those who have directly encountered the loss need the occasion to mourn, but others should also join with them. Genuine community compels us to travail over the brokenness of our world. We all need to weep over evil’s treacherous reach.
Maybe you and your family aren’t presently in crisis, but someone around you likely is. They honestly don’t need your platitudes, explanations or theological rhetoric—they need your compassion and love.
The apostle Paul said it like this: “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15).
There is a time to laugh, but there’s also an occasion for tears. It is important to determine what season God is currently bringing you through. Remember that those who plant in tears will ultimately harvest with songs of joy (Ps. 126:5).
J.D. King is the director of the World Revival Network and associate pastor at World Revival Church. This is adapted from his blog.