Come learn about the practice of lament in Lutheran past by discovering the riches of recently discovered lay prayer diary from the early modern period. In 1619, the Lutheran lawyer Johann Christoph Oelhafen lost his beloved wife, Anna Maria, of eighteen years, leaving him with eight surviving children. He was crushed by his loss and sought to manage his grief by composing hymns, prayers, and poems that he recorded in his Pious Meditations on the Most Sorrowful Bereavement. A work of haunting candor, considerable artistry, and searching faith, it contains much wisdom for faithful Christian living today, especially in the midst of suffering and loss.
Presentation on the book "A Widowers Lament"