Before the Session

Facilitator: In advance of the session
– Review today’s scripture text and the session activities to help better facilitate the discussion.
– Have the Bible Background Video ready to view.
– Encourage your group to listen to the Faithelement podcast ahead of the next session (Share the link via email or social media)


Read together Lamentations 3:22-32 and watch the Bible Background Video.

Say: In the video, Nikki describes the wider context of the book of Lamentations. The destruction and loss of Jerusalem was a deep pain that led to years of suffering.

  • Why is loss so hard?
  • How are we affected by loss? Initially? Later on?
  • Is there a good or a bad way to deal with loss?
  • What difference does our faith make when facing a loss?

Say: The text (vs. 25-31) suggests that waiting on God is part of the process.

  • Why does God make us wait?
  • Is waiting a part of the experience of faith? Why or why not?
  • Where is the church waiting on God?
  • Where do you wait on God?

Handling Disappointment

Say: The growing Atheist movement increasingly bases its case for the belief in the non-existence of God on a general sense that we are continuously failed by, or at least disappointed by notions of “God” and religious belief systems in general.

Then lead a conversation using questions like these:

  • To what degree is this a fair criticism and why?
  • How does one approach the unavoidable suffering that comes with humanity and choose to let it draw us closer to God and each other, rather than divide us?
  • What can we, as believers, offer the world that might help others affirm God’s presence? How do we help others to adopt our choice to embrace a faith that is rooted in our relationship with God?


Close by viewing and sharing in this prayer. It was offered at the 2015 General Assembly of the CBF (, a few days after the shooting in Charleston, SC. The prayer is given by Kasey Jones, Senior Pastor, National Baptist Memorial Church in Washington DC.


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