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The Gift of Tears?


We are created by God with the ability and urge to cry when our emotions move us, so shedding tears must be an important part of being a human being.

Emotional tears are a response which only humans are capable of, for only people can weep. All animals that live in air produce tears to lubricate their eyes but only people possess the ability to react to emotional and spiritual events with actual crying.

What is even more profound to me is that I have heard that the tears that come from grief have been scientifically tested and found to aid in the release of toxins from our body; toxins that come from the myriad of emotions we experience in our suffering or after a significant loss.


Spiritually speaking, did you know that God sees your tears and actually keeps a record of them? They are as prayers to him - a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).

“I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears” (2 Kings 20:5).

"The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry" (Psalm 34:15)

In Scripture it says that they are listed in a book:

"The God of all comfort keeps watch over your weeping. He gathers up all your tears and puts them in his bottle. He records each one in his book" (Psalm 56:8).

Not only does He see them and keep a record of them, God promises to console us in the future for the tears we shed in this life (for right reasons) as we travel through this "valley of tears":

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

"For the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes" (Revelation 7:17).

And even though Jesus knows that in the end, God will right every wrong, He weeps with us in our suffering right now:

"When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled … Jesus wept" (John 11:33, 35).

This life is not paradise. We will experience seasons of suffering and hardship:

"A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance" (Ecclesiastes 3:4).

But if we intentionally allow Christ into our suffering, and patiently wait with trust in his love (Jesus, I trust in you!), we will eventually experience relief:

"For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:5).

“You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 116:8–9).

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him (Psalm 40:1-3).

I have experienced this consoling grace of God in my anguish over the death of my son:


In 2016, I was having a rough week leading up to Mother's Day. Unfortunately, I was heading down into a dark place because I was focusing too much on the pain and confusion. I kept asking God "why?" all week and the more you ask "why" the harder it is to deal with the pain. Why did you let this happen? Why did you not let me know so I could help him? Why would you have allowed me to be so completely in the dark about what was actually going on in his life. I felt that God had not only abandoned me but even went so far as to allow me to be completely deceived into believing that my son was actually doing OK.