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

There is a paradox in tears. Sometimes they evidence sadness. Sometimes joy. I think that Jesus cried a lot. How else would those around him know that he was moved by compassion? Tears are the normal reactions of a person who is fully alive and connected to the feelings of those around them. Washington Irving once wrote about tears saying:
"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.
They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.
They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love."
The shedding of tears are some of our most holy moments. Our sacred tears often communicate a deep empathy and compassion for the suffering of a friend. It takes a strong and loving person to openly weep with others.

Lord help me to not hold back the tears that witness to your great love for those who are hurting.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.

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