Letting The Tears Flow

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by sweetiepie, Mar 1, 2003.

  1. sweetiepie

    sweetiepie New Member

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    "Jesus wept." (John11:35 NIV)

    I recently heard a radio announcer talking about a
    film he'd seen that was very moving. His female
    associate asked if he'd cried, and he jokingly said,
    "That's no question to ask a grown man!" Before
    saying yes, he'd shed some tears at the end. He had no
    shame in admitting this.

    I wonder if you, like me, were brought up with the
    wrongful notion that you shouldn't cry. I still
    remember when upset on my fifth birthday, that
    sing-song voice...."Crying on your birthday, the
    fairies will take your present away." I've known
    people who cry at the tiniest thing, and others who
    never shed a tear. I was like that for many years, and
    rarely cried. If I did, it was when no-one would see.
    Then a few years ago I underwent a healing process
    when God opened up my heart and my tear ducts at the
    same time, and I'd find myself sitting in church with
    tears silently flowing. Now they come more readily,
    and there's no shame.

    Weeping is a liberating thing for everyone, children,
    women and men alike, and releases all the pent-up
    emotions that are so unhealthy. Many great men of the
    Bible wept - among others, Joseph and Benjamin
    (Genesis 45:14), David and his men (1 Samuel 30:4),
    Peter wept bitterly (Matthew 26:75), and throughout
    the Psalms David shed many tears. And our LORD Jesus
    showed His humanity as He wept.

    As we struggle daily in living with chronic illness or
    disability, there are many times when we could weep
    with frustration, deep hurt, pain, etc., but so many
    of us try to hide the way we feel, and won't give way
    to tears. Our pride gets in the way of the emotional
    healing that a good cry can bring. Ask the Lord to
    open up your floodgates, and don't be ashamed to cry,
    your loving Father sees every tear that you shed, and
    He'll comfort you as only He knows how. And
    eventually, "He will wipe every tear from (our) eyes.
    There will be no more death or mourning or crying or
    pain." (Revelation 21:4).
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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Janice McLaren is a mother of four
    and a grandmother, and lives by herself in Oamaru, New
    Zealand. She has had ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or
    CFIDS) since 1984, and has been restricted almost
    completely to home since 1994, much of this time
    confined to bed. She's thankful to belong to God's
    wonderful family and for all the many blessings
    that He gives.
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    Compliments of Rest Ministries, serving people
    Who live with chronic illness or pain.
  2. Jaimy

    Jaimy New Member

    for many reasons, thank you......

    Love,
    Jaimy
  3. jgckeyes

    jgckeyes New Member

    Thanks for the words of encouragement. I do not cry here, we moved from my home NC to GA 2 yrs ago. I can go home and the tears just fall(in church) Here we have a church and I have been moved on many occasion but no tears will come. This church is a good church a good body in Christ. Is it because I miss my other church so much??? I have asked myself this before but no answer yet. I have broke down a few times while praying for my children. But to just sit in church and the tears come like they did before, it doesn't happen. What's wrong with me?
    God bless you,
    Jenny