When was the last time you wept?
Crying comes easily for me. It doesn’t take much. Joyous occasions, sad events, fear, joy – all can prompt my tear ducts to gush. I have even cried because I’ve laughed so much. I have cried at the birth of every one of our children and grandchildren. I mean, how could I not?
Would you agree that crying is different than weeping? Weeping comes from deep within the soul. Weeping can even be tear-less.
Years ago, when I received word that our family friend had been killed in a tragic accident, I slumped to the floor weeping. A weeping that caused words to flee.
When I lost our tiny Katie Lynn at 21.5 weeks of the pregnancy in 1987, I wept in my doctor’s office until the tears would no longer come.
When my father-in-law, Arthur, and my sister-in-law, Paula, passed away, I wept for our loss and their gain.
When my grandkids reacted to difficult news about their dog, I wept.
When the weight of estrangement from a loved one sets forth to crush me, I weep.
Weeping is nothing to be ashamed of. Even our Savior wept. The shortest verse of the Bible – Jesus wept. John 11:35
Over the last eight months, I have wept for many reasons/people/events. Even as recently as last week, I wept when a dear friend disclosed her biopsy revealed cancer. I’ve written essays about tears and how they can be healing. Well, friends, maybe someone needs to hear it again – and maybe that someone is me. You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8.
May we weep for our divided country. May we weep for those who are separated from God. May we weep for broken families. May we weep for innocent babies. May we weep for the elderly. May we weep for the sick with COVID. May we weep with those with cancer. May we weep for the abused. May we weep for injustice. May we weep for evil people. May we weep for those who feel unloved. May we weep before our God who hears every cry and remembers every tear. May we weep knowing we are loved and joy WILL come.
…weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5b
Cheering you on!