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 attention 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.
—Trevor Hudson, Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love, with a foreword by Dallas Willard (Upper Room Books, 2012)
How might your tears enable you to receive grace and new beginnings? 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
God of Compassion, we offer you our tears—tears of release, tears of grief, tears of joy. Receive them in love, and reveal to us the healing they can bring. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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