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sexta-feira, 1 de abril de 2016
A CRY FOR HELP
of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
Psalm 130:1-2 NIV
communication upon birth was open our mouth and let out a yell. After that
first time, any discomfort such as hunger, cold, loneliness, fatigue or pain
would solicit a cry which would last until help came. Gradually, we were
educated that crying is ugly. Men do not cry and women weep gently, muffling
their sobs with a beautiful hankie! Open our mouth and bellow? Never! We
gradually learned to dominate our emotions or to deny them.
may find it a bit strange to see TV news reports about the Middle East of men
and women weeping openly, like children, while carrying the remains of their
loved ones killed by acts of violence or other disasters. We behave with more
dignity! Have we lost the art of crying (and playing)?
Testament is a product of the East and is full of screaming and crying. Psalm
130 is just one example. In the solitude of the night a cry of pain or despair
goes up. Everything is falling apart and the pain is unbearable. Only God is
around to hear it! The Psalms convey strong emotions - fear, despair, anxiety,
anger, thirst for revenge, hope and joy, ranging all the way from mourning to
Could it be that
in our move away from being children we have distanced ourselves from
ourselves? Jesus spoke about becoming like children to enter the kingdom of
God. Children know what they feel and know to express themselves. As adults we
learn to mask our feelings to the point of not knowing what we really feel. We
become neurotic and in need of therapy to reestablish contact with ourselves.
This psalm is in
the first person singular, "I cried." It is recorded as an intimate
and solitary experience with the Divine. There are religious groups that
attempt to institutionalize clamor by having special “prayer” meetings to
influence God, much like the prophets of Baal in the Old Testament who
considered God to be indifferent to human fate and in need to be prodded. The
clamor of the psalmist was a solitary cry only wanting to be heard. Many years
later Jesus affirmed that true payer takes place only in a one-on-one encounter
with the Divine.
words indicate that the major reason for despair was the danger from within,
not external forces. He speaks of sin as being the threat. The enemy was
internal. The people needed to be saved from themselves. They were on the path
of self-destruction, needing mercy and a change of direction.
Much of our
suffering is the result of human failure all the way from our own individual
errors to the collective sins of our society. We are actively or passively a
part of our social ills. Perhaps our omission is as serious as our unquestioning
acceptance of unjust social structures. We often simply “bitch” about our
situation without taking any real action. How much do we really yearn for
liberation from internal and external evils that afflict us?
begins with the cry for help. This cry should push us to move in the direction
of change, starting with ourselves. That should lead to forgiveness and action