God’s Word for Today: Tears.
Revelation 21:4. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Through the last few years, I have seen many friends go through the pain of loss. Friends who have lost parents. Friends who have lost their wife or husband. Friends who have lost a close relative. Friends who have lost a child. Each and every one has had to face pain, suffering, and most of all, loss. The tears have flowed. For some, the tears will still flow. For me, occasionally, I find those droplets of moisture streaming down my own face. Loss is heavy. Loss really, really hurts.
Each of us has our own way to face loss. When I lost Dad to a terrible and consuming cancer, I handled it by working harder. I found peace in trying to duplicate the work ethic my Dad had instilled in me. Sometimes while driving the tractor or operating the combine on the farm ground my Dad had put his heart and soul into for so many years, I would find tears of grief rolling down my face. Right now, those tears are trying to well up in my eyes.
With the loss of Mom, it was more of an emptiness. I had grown from the security of Mom holding me, to the need, to simply hold my Mom. No words ever need to be spoken between a son and his Mom. Just the embrace shares a love that is never replaced. Oh, how I long to hold my Mom again.
Then, to lose a very good friend. Suddenly, without warning, one day here, next day gone. How does one grieve that? Shock turns to sadness, turns to emptiness, turns to questions. How can God ever take someone that still meant so much to so many people? How could God ever allow a good man like my friend to die? Tears and anger are at a constant battle. No answers seem to surface. Only more questions.
Social media has allowed us to share in our grief. From time to time, I have read the words of pain written on a person’s wall. The post of reaching out for something, anything, to ease the hurt, to wipe the tears, is heartbreaking. No words are fit to ever replace that special person we had to say goodbye to. No sharing will ever fix what is broken.
We try. We try very hard to help others handle their pain. We try to give answers. We fail miserably because we truly have no answers ourselves. We can only help to carry just a little bit of the weight, with our own tears.
Today, know that in your pain, there are those of us who are with you. We cannot fix what has been broken. We can only share our own story. We can only turn to God for relief. And that, can be most difficult at times. But, it is most necessary. Finally, you will reach that special, life lifting time, when you can turn the pain and the tears over to Him. You will open the door to:
2Corinthians 1:3-4. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Right now, you may not be to the point of turning to God for comfort. At this moment, you are still asking God, why? That is, OK. From all of us who have been through similar pain and feel yours, we know you will get there. We are there for you now. God is there for you always…………………
Prayer: Dear Lord, why? Why must I hurt like this? Why am I the chosen one to have to carry these tears? Why do I have to suffer this almost unbearable burden of loss? Forgive me Lord. Help me to know this world is a tough place. Help me to understand that life and death happen daily. But most of all Lord, help me to turn to you for your comfort. Take my tears Lord. I give them to you till I can once again be with those I love so very much. In Jesus’, whose loss of life gives me hope of reunion, name I pray. Amen.