A number of years ago, someone gave me a small, handblown glass vial made by a collective of Palestinian women. I was going through a difficult wilderness season—a season filled with tears. It was comforting to hold the little turquoise vase and imagine that God was collecting my tears.
During that season of struggle, someone told me that tears are prayers to God. I believe and have experienced that truth. Whether tears are cried in sadness, despair, anger, joy, or anxiety, they are prayers to God that need no word, no explanation.
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)
How do you respond to the idea of your tears as prayers to God? Join the conversation.
You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your record?
—Psalm 56:8 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O God, help me walk through the wilderness of these days remembering who I am and whose I am. Amen.
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Join author Beth A. Richardson from Ash Wednesday, February 17, through Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, for a special online retreat from The Upper Room, featuring the book Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent. Learn more here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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