I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news,
But she just smiled and turned away.
I went down to the sacred store
Where I’d heard the music years before,
But the man there said the music wouldn’t play.— Don MacLean, “American Pie”
Yesterday we left the Mississippi Delta, and the Blues Trail we’ve been on. We found the graves of Charley Patton and Robert Johnson, and I stood at the Crossroads. But I’m thinking back a month ago when Michael Spencer asked, Can A Christian Sing The Blues? which he likens to the Biblical language of lament. So, yes, then. There’s a lot of folk who think that Christians can’t or shouldn’t express anything negative, but David did it well enough to get it into the canon, so I figure we should be able to as well. He links to Michael Card lecturing at Southern Seminary on “The Lost Language of Lament, and on “Worshiping the God Who Takes Everything Away.”