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  • Writer's pictureDawn Wallis

Crying is Comforting

"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

“Crying does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive,” wrote Charlotte Bronte.

What a poignant reminder. The ability to emote makes us alive, not weak. Even Jesus wept (John 11:35). Throughout Jane Eyre, Bronte uses rich imagery to reflect the range of Jane's emotions. It's quite like a fairy tale—the protagonist begins life as the underdog and eventually, after overcoming numerous struggles and trials, attains her happily ever after. I have never liked the term "cry baby." I've shed far more tears as an adult than my tear ducts could have produced in my infant years. I use to reside on a lake that twisted and turned through the mountains for 11 miles. With a tear-stained face and swollen eyes, I'd gaze out and think, I've cried so many tears they could overflow that body of water several times over. Life is hard. Yet during my times of deepest sorrow, tremendous comfort has come in knowing that every tear that has fallen is precious to my Father. His love is ardent and unfathomable. His pursuit relentless. In His utmost goodness, God has bestowed on us the glorious gift of emotions which, when expressed, encourage healing. With great anticipation, I long for the day of the ultimate happily ever after. Revelation 21:4 gives us a glimpse. "He (Jesus) will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever." Can I get a hallelujah? That verse sends chills up my spine. All sources of pain, sorrow, torment, and suffering will cease to exist. Lord, thank you that Revelation 21:4 is no fairy tale, but the ultimate reality for Your children. I praise You that each tear that falls from the eyes of Your daughters is precious and treasured by You. In the times when the tears have no end in sight You are good. In the moments brimming with love and laughter You are good. Thank you for bestowing on us the gift of expression through emotions. May we find comfort knowing that you are continually working in the lives of Your children, for our good and for Your glory. Amen.

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