TAKING TIME to find someone we trust to be our “wailing wall” and sharing the stories that our tears represent brings immense healing benefits into our lives and relationships. Something positive and life-giving is released when our tears flow and find their voice. This could be why the church, long before the advent of modern psychology, gave special atten-tion to “the gift of tears.” Besides their therapeutic value, which is well documented, tears help us realize when we have reached the point when we are most wounded, which is precisely the moment that restorative grace and new beginnings often enter our lives. Our tears make us receptive to angelic presences and surprising resurrection encounters. It happened for Mary, and it can happen for us as well.
Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love
From page 27 of Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
How does the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection help you to befriend your tears? Share your thoughts.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
—John 20:15a, NRSV
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