Darkness!

Matthew 27:45
From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.

“From noon until three in the afternoon, darkness came over all the land” (Matthew
27:45). These are the descriptive words used by the author of the 1st Gospel to highlight
the horror of Jesus’ time on the Cross. While this darkness was certainly a literal event,
it brings to us the message of the “darkness” of humanity. In the season of Lent at
Crosstown, we’re pursuing a spiritual practice by living in both the darkness of Jesus’
death as well as the “darkness” of our daily existence.

In recent days, the darkness in our world has been overwhelming. Back to back weeks
brought us the horrific news of 15-year-olds being murdered. First, it was Jahmari Rice
in Richfield. The headline of the following week was the shooting of Deshaun Hill in
Minneapolis. In global “darkness,” our screens are now littered with the horror of war in
Ukraine as destruction rips apart that nation and her people. In personal “darkness,” we
know the ache of hardship from the death of loved ones and the diagnosis of chronic or
terminal illness. Sadly, we are confronted with the necessity of joining with the author of
Psalm 6, “All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.”

Soong-Chan Rah is a professor at North Park Seminary in Chicago. In his work,
Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times, Dr. Rah writes: “The American
church avoids lament…this results in a serious deficiency in which we forget the
necessity of lamenting over suffering and pain.
” During Lent ’22 @ Crosstown, we’re
seeking to confront this deficit and walk into the darkness. We will endeavor to join
Jesus and know the darkness.
-Pastor John Jacobi
David penned a number of lament prayers. As as a spiritual practice we invite you to use his words to cry out in grief, sadness, and pain to the Almighty LORD.
Praying Psalm 6
All night long I flood my bed with weeping
    and drench my couch with tears.
My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
    they fail because of all my foes.
Away from me, all you who do evil,
    for the Lord has heard my weeping.
Songs of lament. Music does connect to our souls.
This week's song is "Drive Out The Darkness" with lyrics pleading for God to "come be our light" and begging that the LORD would not be silent.
Posted in
Tagged with ,

No Comments


Recent

Archive

 2022

Categories

Tags

Adopt a Family Adult Ministry Adult Adventurous Christians Advent Annual Meeting Arrive Ministries Baptism Begin Conference Bell Choir Bethel Ethiopian Bible App Bible Study Bible CES CHIC CPBC CarePartners Caring for Others Children Church App Church Retreat Commission Communication Community Caring Commission Community Emergency Services Confirmation Congregational Meeting Covenant Companion Covenant Living Covenant Pines Covenant World Relief and Development Discipleship Confirmation ECC Easter Equip Hour Families Together Family Feed My Starving Children Food Shelf Fun Fest Funeral Game Night Giving Tree Giving Global Personal Good in the Hood GriefShare Grow Groups Hymns IF:Gathering Immerse Bible Invest Justice Kids Too! LNCS Lent Lillahei Scholarship Lillehei Medical Scholarship Lindahl MN Adult and Teen Challenge MN Adult Marathon Membership Men Metro Hope Minneapolis Minnehaha Academy Missions Multi-generational Music with Matt NENA Neighbor Nokomis Northwest Conference Covenant Church Nursery Online Our Daily Bread PTA Parenting Pastor John Jacobi Pastor Osheta Pentecost Prayer Properties RSVP Renovation Resilient Faith Retreat Sabbatical Sankofa School Senior Community Services Sermon Series Shema Sheridan Story Space reservation form Spice of Life Spiritual Practice Stories Foundation Sunday Worship Thanksgiving The Chosen Together We Rise TreeHouse UNITE VBS Verbo en Accion Wednesday Nights Women World Vision Worship YouVersion Youth Group Youth Ministry Youth racial reconciliation