~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "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). ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ 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. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Compliments of Rest Ministries, serving people Who live with chronic illness or pain.