Tears

Tears

Tearful Jesus

Jesus wept.—JOHN 11:35 NIV

Jesus wept. He cried when he heard the news of the death of His good friend, Lazarus. Jesus knew He would bring Lazarus back to life, yet His heart still broke with sadness. Jesus experienced sorrow Himself, and He knows the depth of our pain when we lose someone we love.

Grief is one of the most intense emotions. Knowing that Jesus cried helps us to accept our own weeping—especially when our loss is still fresh.

Sometimes we’re embarrassed that our tears stream from what seems like a bottomless well. Yet tears are so precious to God that He records and stores each one. The psalm writer said, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book” (Psalm 56:8 NLT).

Jesus’ tears demonstrate God’s empathy as we go through the grieving process. God cares deeply about our situation. He desires to gather us in His arms. He understands the sorrow and turmoil we feel when death separates us from our loved ones.

Crying is a natural response to deep pain and loss. Our tears form wordless prayers connecting us with God. He knows the depth of our sorrow. He comforts us with His love and His tears.

Today's Prayer:

Loving Lord, You know my tears. You value each of my tears so much that You gather them in Your bottle and write them in Your book. Thank You for understanding me.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts