Katie Fisher - November 12, 2017

Dust in My Mouth

Good Grief

When do we stop praying for healing? What does solidarity look like with those who are hurting? Artist and theologian Katie Fisher shares from Lamentations 3. Putting dust in our mouths is at once an act of solidarity and a declaration of hope.

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We avoid pain and grief as much as possible. When faced with someone else's grief, we avoid or offer platitudes. But the book of Lamentations invites us to sit with grief, to enter into the prophetic process of Lament. In this series, we'll explore how to grieve and how to be a friend to the grieving. Ultimately, we'll see how the process of lament invites us to be agents of healing in the larger world.

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This message was written and delivered by artist Katie Fisher, whose installation Dust in My Mouth has been on display during this sermon series.

For the last 6 years I have been living with chronic illness. At times I have been so ill I can’t get out of bed or take care of myself. Wrestling through dark days and against my own unfulfilled ambitions has led me to stop praying for healing and to reimagine what hope looks like for me.

The struggle has been long and discouraging.

I stopped praying for healing because I was exhausting myself in searching for a solution that was not coming. I wanted a solution in which I could continue to be strong and in need of nothing—and no one.

Thankfully my prayers remain unanswered.

Let’s talk about hope. Let’s look at the false hope we want to see in Lamentations 3 and the sustaining hope which the Prophet declares—the same hope Christ embodied on the cross. To this hope, through honest lament, Christ beckons us, his church, to join him.

Join us Sunday as we learn how healing may not look like we thought it would.

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