If we in the church practiced Jesus’ model of sharing, there would be less need for the costly care of secular psychologists. Unfortunately, the sad fact remains that church members are often strangers to one another’s pain. We may worship together, pray together, serve together, and still be totally unaware of the tears present in our sister’s or brother’s heart. The failure to provide room for the sharing of our painful stories is one reason people leave the church and go elsewhere to find healing and transformation for their broken lives. Often these other places provide people an opportunity to share their pain in a climate of acceptance and warmth that cannot be found in the church.
—Trevor Hudson, Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love, with a foreword by Dallas Willard (Upper Room Books, 2012)
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Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
—Romans 12:15 (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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