Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mid-Week Message - Why Are You Crying?

He asked her, "Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" John 20:15a (NIV)

In my opinion, this is one of the most tender moments in scripture.  After Jesus had risen, but before He had appeared to anyone, Mary Magdalene was outside the tomb weeping because she did not know where He was.  He came up behind her and asked her why she was crying.  When she told Him she did not know where they had taken her Lord, He said her name and then she knew who He was.  

We all have our moments when we feel incredibly sad and alone.  Maybe we, as Mary, miss someone. Maybe we are worried, confused or grieving.  No matter what the reason, our tears fall. If you are fortunate enough to have someone around that notices you are crying and comes to comfort you, be thankful.  Many people cry in solitude with no one there at all.  Many are dismissed when they sob and are considered overly emotional or hormonal.  Some experience anger toward their tears when the person or persons with them feel frustration, disgust or embarrassment rather than compassion.  

Here is the wonderful news.  Just as Jesus was near Mary, even though she wasn't aware of it, so is He near us. Remember that He said He would send a "comforter" and that He would be with us always.  We have the Holy Spirit to comfort us and to take our most heartfelt thoughts to the Lord even when we cannot come up with the right words.   Our tears are so important to the Almighty that scripture says in Psalm 56:8, "You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle.  You have recorded each one in your book."  How precious is that?  Can your parents, your husband, your friends, or even you number your tears and remember why and when each one was shed? 

Wherever and however you find yourself today, let me assure you that you are not alone.  Jesus is always beside you.  Always.  If the day is joyful, rejoice to Him.  If the day is tiring, lean on Him. And by all means, if you feel sad or in pain and need to cry, go ahead. He'll be right there catching each tear as if it was a precious gem. God bless you.

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