Awakenings Prayer Lament & Grief with Michael Card & Celtic Daily Prayer

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At the Awakenings Prayer Institute, we have been reading Michael Card’s book Sacred Sorrow: Reaching Out to God in the Lost Language of Lament.  Card says that learning this lost language gives us freedom.  We don’t have to be afraid of offending God – He knows about anger, fear, sorrow, despair, loss of hope.  Being granted permission to experience lament, we can move onto healing, “Asking him to place his finger on those scars that need to be offered up to lament” (pg. 151).     



Do not hurry

as you walk with grief;

it does not help the journey.

Walk slowly pausing often:

do not hurry

as you walk with grief.

Be not disturbed

by memories that come unbidden

Swiftly forgive;

and let Christ speak for you

unspoken words.

Unfinished conversation

will be resolved in Him. 

Be not disturbed. 

Be gentle with the one

who walks with grief. 

If it is you,

be gentle with yourself.

Swiftly forgive;

walk slowly,

pausing often.

Take time, be gentle

as you walk with grief.

 – Celtic Daily Prayer Reading

from the Northumbrian Community