Tears

  • Dec. 21, 2011
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Years ago when I was in the hospital, I noticed that although there was lots of pain in the lives of the young people there, most of them didn’t cry.

I'm Joni Eareckson Tada. Years ago when I was in the hospital, I noticed that although there was lots of pain in the lives of the young people there, most of them didn’t cry. I didn’t, either. I think we were too proud to cry. But things changed once I got out of that hospital and got my act together with the Lord. Getting close to Jesus taught me that weakness was something to boast about. Even the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church with “many tears.” And King David, a real man’s man wrote pages of Psalms that are salted with tears. In Hebrews we even read that Jesus offered up prayers “with loud cries and tears.” Seeing this in scripture gave me the courage to cry! No longer were tears an embarrassment or a sign of weakness. So if you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to cry. Remember, Psalm 126 says “those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” 

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