Monday, June 25, 2007

The Value of Tears

I'm going through my books to organize our home library and ran across a slim little title written by Chuck Swindoll with some comforting thoughts on the valleys...

When words fail, tears flow.

Tears have a language all their own, a tongue that needs no interpreter. In some mysterious way, our complex inner-communication system knows when to admit its verbal limitations... and the tears come.

Eyes that flashed and sparkled only moments before are flooded from a secret reservoir. We try in vain to restrain the flow, but even strong men falter.

Tears are not self-conscious. They can spring upon us when we are speaking in public, or standing beside others who look to us for strength. Most often they appear when our soul is overwhelmed with feelings that words cannot describe.

Our tears may flow during the singing of a great, majestic hymn, or when we are alone, lost in some vivid memory or wrestling in prayer.

Did you know that God takes special notice of those tears of yours?

Psalm 56:8 tells us that He puts them in His bottle and enters them into the record He keeps on our lives.

David said, "The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping."

A teardrop on earth summons the King of Heaven. Rather than being ashamed or disappointed, the Lord takes note of our inner friction when hard times are oiled by tears. He turns these situations into moments of tenderness. He never forgets those crises in our lives where tears are shed.

An excerpt from For Those Who Hurt by Charles R. Swindoll

(Pic by locator; see for restrictions)

Coming Soon! Kathy Padgett on getting through grief.

On my I-pod... Thing of Beauty by Hothouse Flowers (This Irish band had its moments... and this was certainly one of them.)

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