God has gifted us with many ways to express the emotion that wells within our hearts. Our culture will often tell us to suppress those feelings especially when it comes to crying. The world wants us to believe that to cry is to show weakness and defeat.
However, the word of God affirms that crying is not only a necessary part of life, but also a healthy release of sorrow, pain, anger, frustration, happiness, and joy. The words in John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” reveal to us that the Source of our strength and healing also cried.
Pope Francis is an advocate of releasing the cry of our heart through the gift of tears. Some have titled his teaching “The Theology of Tears” because he speaks of it so frequently. His words offer comfort and remind us that crying is not for the weak.
The next time that you feel the tears welling up, don’t try to suppress them. Let the release of your tears also be a release of your heart’s prayer. Imagine Our Lord comforting you in your pain, sorrow, and frustration and remember the hope of heaven. The Word of God assures us that our struggles will not last forever.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelations 21:4
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