Tears are a Gift

sorry_crying_cartoonWhen we feel God present, often our first inclination is to cry. His presence melts that layer of toughness we all develop to help us survive in the world. When we come to a moment of truth, when it’s just God and us, the barriers come down, and tears flow.

Humans are the only creatures on earth that produce tears. We are hard-wired to cry. Before we looked at the faces of our parents, before we were snuggled in a warm blanket, we opened our mouths wide and wailed with gusto.

There’s something to be said for bawling like a baby. When stresses accumulate, often the best thing to do is to have a good cry.

We not only cry over our troubles, we also cry for joy – at weddings, births and graduations. Tears are often the only way to express how we feel.

Tears are a gift from God. Never be ashamed of them.

The best thing to do with troubled tears is to mix them with prayer. Many, many times as I’ve cried out my prayers to God, He has helped me see my troubles from His perspective. He’s lifted my burdens so that I no longer feel overwhelmed by them. He’s filled me with peace.

Keep this verse close to your heart –

Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy. Psalm 126:5

If you are shedding troubled tears today, I pray you’ll sense the comfort of God in a special way and that when your time of crying is over, you’ll shed tears of joy because God has intervened in the events of your life.


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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4 Responses to Tears are a Gift

  1. Diane Bird-Thompson says:

    Rose, you will never know how timely this message was. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I think of you often and hope you are all well. Keep doing what you are doing, it is much appreciated. Love you and miss you!

  2. Margaret – that scripture has so much hope in it.

  3. Margaret says:

    Love this post, Rose. Love the scripture that goes with it – thanks!

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