Over the last year I have cried many tears, to the point that sometimes I can’t imagine there could be any more.
I’ve at times been embarrassed as I seem to be crying ‘yet again’. However, recently I read something which made me realise my tears are a gift from God!
We can have tears of anger, hurt, grief, and mercifully: also tears of joy at times. Amazingly, studies have shown tears may be the body’s mechanism for flushing away harmful chemicals produced during stress. I’m not sure on the validity, but I do know there is therapeutic value in having a ‘good old cry’! You don’t have to just grin and bear it!
Tears are God’s gift to us, His children. When we cry, we allow our bodies to function according to God’s design and it is one of the ‘perks’ He offers to relieve our stress.
It has been said that God will accept a broken heart, but He must have all the pieces. As he stitches those pieces together the moisture of tears softens and makes flexible his strong thread of healing in our lives. Sometimes people who weep unashamedly are the same ones who live and love with their whole heart and soul.
Some may find it hard to feel happy or sad, perhaps needing to remain ‘stoic’. Sometimes letting yourself cry is the scariest thing you’ll ever do. And the bravest. It takes courage to face the facts, stare loss in the face, bare your heart and let it bleed. But it can help cleanse your wounds and prepare them for healing. God will take care of the rest. Tears can create streams in our deserts. Yes, its okay to cry!
Those who sow in tears, shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth in weeping, bearing seed for sowing. Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing. Psalm 126:5,6