When tragedy strikes, especially when death steals the joy from our lives, we are left battered by its unpredictable ambush.
As comfortable and self-sufficient cultures continue to skillfully disengage from the necessity of God, heavy hearts find no place for tears. Tears should never be wasted. Although death’s facecard seems to trump any momentum to our life’s vitality and promise, the house does not always have to win. Although the reality of loss, un-relenting grief and tears, will have their way, this human response is not an invitation to wasted tears and despair. Instead suffering is a heavy door that opens to a choice offering refuge for mortality’s greatest insecurity and soft landing for our tears. Facing this question now will help the weeping from their knees sooner by the strong and gentle hands of hope. Find some time today and join me in prayer for the grieving.
God is near – let Him in.
The Will and Our Tears
The most difficult question of all,
Comes from the tears falling in our loss.
What God’s will allows after man’s fall,
How tragedy’s price comes at great cost,
And where even His Son dies on a cross…
Yet, somehow, our suffering has a place,
Where hearts like gold shed its tears of dross,
Tears of sorrow become tears of grace,
Drying in God’s prodigal embrace.
The salt that remains gives life flavor,
Although the pain we feel is not erased,
But hope that seasons…will not waver.
The most challenging answer of all,
Offers tears a wooden cross onto which they fall.
©2011 by Chris Clody 6/10/2012
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