I was born in 1990, which makes me a millennial. My generation gets a lot of bad press, especially these days, but I think there’s also a lot of good that can come from us. We’re no longer the college kids who are out there partying and living on social media; now we’re the generation managing growing debt and obligations and escaping on social media. There are many people younger than us who are looking to us and many people older than us looking back at us.
Any time something happens in the government, economy, or the world, I think about what my generation is going to be left to deal with. We inherit what the previous generation leaves to us, whether we like it or not. So, the other day, as I was processing through what it might look like to rebuild the economy and our society after the coronavirus crisis passes, I realized just how much my generation has lived through.
1999: Columbine shooting
2001: 9/11 terrorist attack
2008: The Great Recession
Each of these major events has completely changed the way we live and these are just a few of the larger nation-wide events that we have experienced. My guess is that the majority of us have been through things like rejection, abuse, and neglect on a personal level and experienced our own personal tragedies. There has been pain inflicted at a local level that a region might experience but is never known at a national level.
My point is that each of these events in our lives, whether personal or global, can and do leave a mark on us. Sometimes events like this help make us wiser: I’m now washing my hands more thoroughly than I was before. But they can also make us fearful: If I’m not careful, I can look at every other human being as a threat. Similar mindset shifts happen after every traumatic or tragic event.
I wonder how many of us take the time to process through the traumas that we have experienced.
This is a season where we don’t have all of the answers and I don’t think that we’re supposed to. I do believe this is an opportunity for immense healing, freedom, breakthrough, and restoration, but I also believe this is a time for mourning.
In the Bible, the prophets would lament and I think that’s probably something that would do us some good today. What would it look like if we took the time to sit and mourn with the Lord? Mourn our own sinfulness, our own actions, what has been taken from us, and what we’ve lost. What if we mourned for our neighbors, our family members, and our communities? Loss and grief are spreading like wildfire through this nation, what if we took the time to feel all of those emotions and trust that God will meet us there?
I do believe that there’s hope and that God is going to use this situation for his glory and our good, but I don’t think he’s rushing us there. God does turn our sadness into dancing, but first we have to mourn. Let’s accept his invitation to mourn with him today.
Do you take the time to process to grieve losses with the Lord?
What does taking the time to mourn practically look like?