This plan is one we’ve been working on for a while, but somehow it still feels right on time. Introducing the next #SheReadsTruth community reading plan—Mourning and Dancing: a study on grief.
God created us as complex creatures, capable of feeling and sensing a whole garden of emotions. Made in the image of our Creator, we can both grieve the wrongs of this world, and celebrate the sweetness of this life. Even still, it can be difficult to live in the tension of joy and sorrow in our lives, both individually and as communities.
This two-week reading plan will lead us through a series of passages from Scripture that examine the seasons of mourning and dancing in the life of a believer. Our threefold prayer for this study is that you would:
Experience growth rooted in the truth of God’s Word through both sorrow and joy.
Examine sorrow and joy in light of Scripture and in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Discover anew the privilege and practice of prayer.
The optional study book that accompanies this reading plan is special in it’s own right. In it, we’ll learn that the Bible not only invites us to lament, it also teaches us how. We’ll even practice lamenting daily, using a template modeled after a biblical psalm of lament.
And, of course, the book is beautiful! The images in the Mourning and Dancing study book were created using an early photographic process called cyanotype. These traditionally blue images, also known as shadowgraphs, are pictures produced with light-sensitive paper, but without a camera.
The rich shades of blue in mixed layers of exposure make cyanotypes feel like almost forgotten memories drifting in and out of focus. This art form also seems to elevate ordinary objects to quiet significance. Our hope is that these cyanotypes evoke a remembrance of dear relics of your past, and bring comfort and joy as you mourn and dance through the pages of this book. We pray God will use this book as a reminder to you of His goodness in days gone by and His promises for the days ahead.
We want to encourage you to walk through this study with a close friend, to not just give yourself or someone else another “to-do” but to actually walk through this impactful plan hand-in-hand with a fellow believer. Through 6/24, order a Mourning and Dancing study book for a friend and get yours 50% off. No code necessary—add two books to your cart and discount will be automatically added.