Last week, Richard Middleton (Northeastern Seminary) spoke to our campus about lament and our need to recover it in our lives of discipleship. Lament, Middleton taught us through Jeremiah 20 and the book of Job, is all about our honest and uncensored speech to God in the midst of our pain. Through the example of the Exodus, Middleton explained that lament is ‘the fulcrum between our bondage and deliverance.’ Biblical lament – the kind of lament we see in Jeremiah and Job and in the Psalms – is what God wants from us. God can handle this kind of speech. Even more, God wants this kind of speech from us. And here is why: God wants us to be his friends.