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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Why Cry?

Eccles. 3:4 "A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance;..." Tears are water from the soul, tears are human-specific, tears are associated with our joys, our sorrows, our fears, our loves, our convictions, our relationships, our dreams. We are the only creature that cries as a result of an over-bearing emotional burden. As humans, tears are an expression of a person's internal state of being, an involuntary, subjective, physiological response to an object or a situation, based in or tied to a physical state and sensory feelings.

A tear is nothing more than a clear, salty drop of liquid excreted from the eye due to crying or irritation. A tears significance lies with the understanding of the related emotions causing a person to cry. Crying or weeping is primarily an indication of grief. Grief is defined as "Pain of mind on account of something in the past; mental suffering arising from any cause, as misfortune, loss of friends, misconduct of one's self or others, etc.; sorrow; sadness." Grief is understood as the sense of loss we feel, the feelings that surface as a result of the distress created by disease, unfortunate events or death.

Grief and sorrow touch the soul; they hit where we live as a spiritual being; they touch at our inner being and we discover that we have the ability to dissolve; they reach into the realms of our fears and dreams; they reside where are passion lives; they have the power and capacity to distress our soul to the extent that it seems lost from our existence; they create isolation; they can devour; they bring out the best and worst in people; they create the heaviness of our hearts; they destroy hope.

Tears provide the water for the concrete and mortar that form the cement of our life's experiences. Tears are the fact and/or the observable outcome of the aftermath of emotional, relational or religious experience. They are the personal conversations with life's events, the cleansing of the spirit, the purging of our souls discontent, the enunciation of love and pain, otherwise inexpressible through words. In this, they speak volumes, they proclaim with a visible loudness that is eye-catching and profound to the observer, yet with subdued passion demanding respect, reverence and admiration.

"Jesus wept"

For Lazurus; for sorrow; for tenderness sake; for the lack of faith, obedience, love; for His own pending death; for the children who would never grasp the meaning of life; because of the presence of sin; for those never understanding His sacrifice, His passion; for you; for me?

"The gods ordain
The lot of man to suffer, while themselves
Are free from care."
"Iliad," xxiv., 525.

The Gods of this world declare:

"I see thy love, but must not shed a tear."
Euripides, "Hippolytes," 1396.

Our God is acquainted with human sufferings, human joy, human pain and sorrow.
He alone is worthy to carry ours.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wherever our sorrow comes from, and however grief steals up on us, I like your statement --

Our God is acquainted with human sufferings, human joy, human pain and sorrow.
He alone is worthy to carry ours.

These past few weeks have given me an opportunity to rehearse some of the past in my life -- deaths and visions and people and places and "stuff" -- and realize that life is best lived in the shelter of God's care. My wife and I were discussing last night that surgery, the shedding of blood, tends to make one look at life more closely. I also think it probably brings emotions to the surface much more easily -- I've cried quietly more than once these last few weeks. And somehow God is washing over me with a new taste of life -- not sure I understand a lot of it, but I want to be open to it. I trust that your own adventures in grief and sorrow are bringing healing and a newness of life. Anonymous