Friday, October 9, 2009

Today's Devotional

Jesus wept.
John 11:35 NIV

Thoughts on today's verse...

As humans, we are uncomfortable with tears. We apologize to people when we cry, we often don't know what to do when someone is crying. Why is this? Why do we feel the need to apologize for crying? Perhaps we look at tears as showing a weakness in our character or a vulnerability we don’t like. Maybe we’re uncomfortable or think our tears are making others uncomfortable.

In today's very short verse, Jesus wept. This weeping was over the death of his friend Lazarus. It is comforting to me to know that Jesus experienced grief and tears. Tears will be a part of our life until we no longer walk this earth, then we are assured that there are no more tears in heaven and that they will be wiped from our eyes.

One of my favorite verses in scripture is Psalm 56:8: You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? I believe for all the tears I cried over heartbreak, sorrow, disappointment will be poured out of that bottle and the big picture will be explained to me.

One of the blogs I follow is All Things New by Johanna. In her most recent posting, she shares of her Grandmother's passing. A question she asks is, "How is it that a heart can be heavy and light at the same time?" My dear, dear Sister - that is one of the mysteries of God. Johanna is a teacher and married to Michael. They are weathering a difficult storm as Michael has been diagnosed with kidney cancer and they haven't been married all that long. My friend Johanna has probably shed her share of tears most recently. I hope that Psalm 56:8 becomes very real for her. I ask for your prayers for Johanna - in fact put her on your prayer list!

My prayer...

Lord, sometimes our tears fall as rain and our hearts are heavy and sorrowful. But I know that You are mindful of them and of the condition of my heart. I love the picture of You collecting them in a bottle and making a notation in Your book! Sometimes, my dear Lord, I feel so much better after crying, as if relief has just been released over my entire body and spirit.

Today My Lord, I lift my sister Johanna and her family up to You. Her precious Grandmother is now in Your presence, and yet the parting is bitter-sweet. Comfort their entire family during this time and be a very real presence to them. In Jesus' name I pray ~Amen!

Yours, because we're His,