My voice faded out as the singing continued around me. . . . Unwanted tears forced their way out. The words of the song spoke of giving to Jesus our “tears and sadness” and our “years of pain.”
Jesus came to bind up the brokenhearted, to comfort those who mourn, and to restore their joy. Grief is a natural response to loss, and though the loss does not go away, I have the wonderful comfort of knowing that Jesus is with me and wants to help bear my sorrow. Not one of our tears falls without his knowing and caring.
—Norma Dawson, “A Record of Tears,” Light of Lights: Advent Devotions from The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide, compiled and edited by Robin Pippin (Upper Room Books, 2014)
When have you released to Jesus some sadness or pain? Join the conversation.
You know how troubled I am;
you have kept a record of my tears.
—Psalm 56:8 (GNT)
Prayer for the Week
O God, during this season give us eyes to see all around us signs of Christ’s love breaking into the world. Amen. —Prayer by Diane Luton Blum
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Christmastime is not always merry and bright. Whether grieving a recent loss or feeling the sting of an old wound, many people have moments of darkness and sorrow during this season. Join us in praying for those who are hurting or share your own prayer request at The Upper Room Prayer Wall.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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