A Wailing Over Us

Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; send for the skillful women, that they may come; let them make haste and raise up a wailing over us, that our eyes may shed tears and our eyelids flow with water.”

—Jeremiah 9:17–18

My mother-in-law’s culture understands that as you make memories in your grief, you wring out the pain that’s festering inside. You lift the burden of everyday life for those overwhelmed with sorrow and you corporately leave normal for a moment. Life may march on outside your door, but inside, time stops.

It’s an honor to be a part of Fathom Magazine’s Lament issue, deeply thoughtful perspective on grief and suffering in our modern world.

Thank you to the brave souls who had the courage to share their thoughts out loud.

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