That lesson of elementary school still applies today – show, don’t tell. I’m trying to figure out how to show you what I’ve learned, so that you too can feel it and experience it. This is more difficult to do through writing, as you naturally tell.
So I’ll pass off the work to the Robbie Seay Band, who I’ve featured here before. This is a song called “Lament (We Cannot Wait)” and the emotion is thick and raw in this song. They wrote it about a mother losing her son in their church congregation, however the song took on added importance as it was released around the time of the Haiti earthquake. As I listened to this song the other night, thinking of 60+ parents in Norway who now have to bury their beloved sons and daughters, this song is all the more poignant.
When I first heard the song I was struck by how honest it was, and how it did not fit the mold of most other Christian songs. With the crackling of Robbie’s voice, it almost sounds as though Robbie is both questioning and demanding of God. He’s not treating Jesus like his boyfriend in this song, but more like how the Psalmists treated God in their poems and songs.