Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Consider and call for the mourning women, that they may come; And send for the wailing women, that they may come! “Let them make haste and take up a wailing for us, That our eyes may shed tears And our eyelids flow with water. “For a voice of wailing is heard from Zion, ‘How are we ruined! We are put to great shame, For we have left the land, Because they have cast down our dwellings.'” Now hear the word of the LORD, O you women, And let your ear receive the word of His mouth; Teach your daughters wailing, And everyone her neighbor a dirge.
Jeremiah 9:17-20 (NASB)
Last night I participated in #CryOut16. This was a live, simulcast event for women were we were encouraged to gather wherever we were – in our churches, homes, available meeting rooms – to CRY OUT for our homes, our families, our communities, our nation, and even all the nations of the world.
I’ll be honest – I didn’t know what to expect. What was a wailing woman anyways? A quick google search had me intrigued.
Throughout the Bible, you can see that women were thoroughly involved in the life of the church – well just in life. There was not a separation of life vs culture vs faith. They helped to celebrate and lament the victories and tragedies of the day whether formally or informally. Both celebrations and mourning were communal activities that the whole community was involved in and present at.
See some victories women celebrated:
- Exodus 15: 19-21
- Judges 11:32-34
- 1 Samuel 18:6-7
See also examples of lamenting:
- 2 Samuel 1:24
- Ezekiel 32:16-18
- Luke 8:52
- Luke 23:27-28