Two songs are coming to mind today. One was written by a friend of mine, Kitty Donohoe, on 9-11 which she was later invited to sing at the dedication of the Pentagon Memorial. The name of the song is “There are No Words.” Michael Card in his book, A Sacred Sorrow, talks about the importance of lament in our lives, the need to struggle through our griefs to God, as Job did. In listening to Kitty’s song (which you can do here), you may wonder where God is in it. My take on it is that it’s the beginning stage of a lament, trying to begin to grieve. In the beginning, Job himself cursed the day he was born . . . but he stayed in the struggle with God, and we know the ending. And we know there is “a balm that can heal these wounds that will last a lifetime long.”
The second song is by Michael Card: “Lift Up Your Sorrows”, an encouragement to true lament, to stay in the pain and grief, wrestling through it to find the Lord.
And one more here, another by Michael:”Underneath the Door.” It is in a sense a testimony to his own struggling through pain in his life to meet God in it. “But our wounds are part of who we are and there’s nothing left to chance/And pain’s the pen that writes the songs and they call us forth to dance.”