4. Or worse, maybe we've remembered that story.
It is true that we do not grieve like those who have no hope. Neither do we rage like those who have no justice, suffer like those who find no healing, or wander like those who have no path. But it's my opinion that we need to rediscover the holy disciplines of angry prayer during life's dark seasons. Our souls cry for it. Our anger is not the opposite of hope; it actually enables it.
Punnett's brief book prompts me to connect my prayer to how I feel, without losing sight of the true nature of the Christian story.
Every April, on my brother's death-day, I feel a little twist of the now familiar wrongness of death and suffering. Every time I read the news or sit with a friend experiencing the fallout of the Fall, I remember the phrase that theologian T.F. Torrance repeated from the early Fathers, "the unassumed is the unhealed." In taking on our entire humanity, from our deepest joys to our most heinous crimes, Christ redeemed it. He called it his own, and brought it into his kingdom. Redeemed it all—the sorrow, the hurt, and the pissed-ness. That is a beautiful mystery that I do not understand. But I sure believe it.
And I also believe that embracing that difficult doctrine inevitably means that we will echo Jesus—"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"—as we hang on the crosses we have taken up to follow him.
The Resurrection can redeem that. But it cannot make it easier.
Paul Pastor is the online editor for Leadership Journal.