Compose (and share) your own Psalm of Lament

A couple of weeks ago, theologian, seminary professor, and author David O. Taylor proposed a special episode of The Habit Podcast devoted to the writing of psalms of lament.  He wrote,

I was thinking of ways that this year’s Lent might be experienced more deeply for folks in my own community in light of all the sorrow and loss that people have experienced over the past year… There’s something uniquely beneficial to crafting our own lament psalms in order to help us to become more vulnerably present to God.

I thought a more practical, hands-on episode of The Habit Podcast was a great idea. David has developed writing workshop for his students at Fuller Seminary and for church groups in which he walks participants through the process of writing psalms of lament. In Episode 7 of Season 3 of The Habit Podcast, David gives an overview of this workshop and challenges listeners to write their own psalms of lament and to share them with others.

This page provides some resources to help you take David Taylor up on that challenge. In observance of Lent, I hope you’ll write your own psalm of lament and find somebody to share it with. I have also created a guest sub-forum within The Habit Membership where you can share your psalm and read those of fellow-writers (link below).

Excerpt: Chapter 6, “Sadness”

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