A friend of mine, Catherine DeBenedetto, recently published a book she wrote titled, real women cry (and real men let them). The book was birthed out a place of grief after a deep loss in her life. She writes, “Contrary to what we may have been taught, God-ordained tears are a gift intended to help move us through seasons of pain and change. Even so, women and men alike struggle to get past the ‘stigma’ of crying in order to embrace this gift.”
Although I will not share more from the book in case you want to read it for yourself, I do want to share some scripture for your prayerful consideration. The God who created us, tears and all, sees our tears and surely responds to them.
Return and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the LORD. 2 Kings 20:5 (NKJV)
God has been known to heal in response to tears He sees and prayers He has heard.
Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. Psalm 126:5 (NKJV)
Our tears will reap joy.
He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth;For the LORD has spoken. Isaiah 25:8 (NKJV)
God cares deeply as you cry and it is He who will wipe away those tears.
Thus says the LORD: “Refrain your voice from weeping,
And your eyes from tears; For your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD,
And they shall come back from the land of the enemy. Jeremiah 31:16 (NKJV)
I love this verse. Poor Jeremiah had a really tough assignment. He cried out to God to restore His people of Israel to their homeland. I can almost hear God saying “Ok, Ok, Jeremiah, I promise, I will bring them back to Israel from the land of their enemy.” Our desperate cry, not unlike Jeremiah’s cry, will move the heart of God.
Jesus wept. John 11:35
Jesus knew the pain of death of a loved one while He lived in the flesh among us on the earth and He himself was moved to tears. He knows full well.
Today let us give thanks that we serve a God who created us to cry, He understands our tears, and is moved by our tears so much so He collects them. So great is His love for YOU!!
Patricia L. Wenzel
Women of Character Graduate
Note: The book referenced above is available through Amazon and/or Christian Book Distributors: Catherine H. Cieciuch DeBenedetto, real women cry (and real men let them), 2015