Kathleen O’Connor on lamentation & prayer

from Lamentations & The Tears of the World

Expression of pain is essential to prayer. It is that simple and that difficult. By telling the truth of its world to God, Lamentations becomes a school for prayer. Speaking truth to God can seem unthinkable, because God already knows, or because God may not care, or because God appears to be the cause of the trouble in the first place. But as in any relationship, not speaking truth to God causes a dwindling of mutuality and an expansion of anger, resentment, and alienation. Pray anyway.