BECOME QUIET for a few moments and imaginatively join Mary as she stands weeping outside the tomb. Envision yourself meeting Mary in the garden, her eyes and yours filled with tears. Go together across to the open tomb, look inside, and slowly take in what you see. Witness the intriguing emptiness of the grave . . . the grave clothes neatly folded . . . the shroud and napkin lying separately.
Now stand for a moment at your own pool of tears and reflect on it in the light of this resurrection picture. Weep if you need to. Allow this Easter-morning scene to deepen your belief that, on the other side of your brokenness, grief, and loss lie the possibilities of new beginnings. We can look at our tears and give up in anguish and despair, or we can look up to God through them and hope for transformation. I encourage you to make the second choice. Resurrection life and tears often interweave, which could be why the psalmist, many centuries ago, celebrated the promise that “those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.”
Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love
From page 19 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.
What would it mean for you to look up to God through your tears and hope for new beginnings?
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May those who sow in tears
reap with shouts of joy.
—Psalm 126:5, NRSV
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Lord, fill my life with resurrection hope.
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