Weeping

Dear Saints and Sinners,

 

Tears are our first words. Is there anything that gets a baby more attention than tears? Is there anything that can command complete immediate devotion more than a torrent of tears? Is there anything that can make adults feel more dismal, daunted or desperate than the weeping of another human being?

 

When we weep we normally prepare for separation. We are mourning the loss of what we had hoped for, and   coming to grips with a new normal. In John 11:35 it says that “Jesus wept” when he heard of the death of his good friend Lazarus. Jesus’ tears mean we are joined by God in our grief.  We still say our earthly good- byes, but those farewells are now overshadowed by an eternal truth. There is now a love that prevents separation from God. This is a new normal worth giving praise to God!

 

Who have you wept for in their earthly death?  Whose death brought tears to your eyes? Who in their dying did you offer thanks to God for the faith they held. And even more, you gave thanks that the faith within you was forever shaped by Christ through the witness they shared with you.  Such tears are for the saints upon whom the kingdom of God is built.

 

Take time to contemplate and give thanks this day for the saints in your life.

 

Still in one peace,

 

David J. Jensen

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