Lament for a Son - Section 8: p. 83-91 Summary & Analysis

Nicholas Wolterstorff
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Section 8: p. 83-91 Summary and Analysis

Man is made in the image of God. He shares God's knowledge, love, justice, sociality, creativity and suffering. The narrator alludes to the Beatitudes, stating that Jesus Christ blesses those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Left to his own devices, man cheers the victorious so the narrator wonders why Jesus Christ hails mourners. Mourning is a quality of character that belongs to Jesus Christ's realm. Mourners have seen injustice which makes them more prepared for justice. Jesus Christ promises to comfort mourners. The narrator quotes Henry Nouwen's "A Letter of Consolation," which states that by God wanting to experience death with mankind, it proves that there is something more than death awaiting mankind.

By joining the mourning, mourners see the tears of God which console them, a quote from Psalm 126 states. Suffering occurs when something...

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