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The Tears We May Shed

"Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll---are they not on your record" (Psa 56:8).

The Living Bible starts this passage, "You have seen me tossing and turning through the night."

If you are like me, you have had some nights when sleep did not come easily. Sometimes the harder we tried to fall sleep, the more we tossed and turned. Maybe sorrow, pain, heartache, or some unresolved problem caused our restlessness. It is during the quietness of the night that we may shed some tears. Our hearts may be broken, and the feeling of lonliness may overwhelm us.

David knew what it was to shed tears. Again in the Living Bible it says, "You have seen me tossing and turning in the night. You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle." In ancient Persia and Egypt, tears were sometimes wiped from the eyes and cheeks of a mourner and preserved in a "tear bottle." Often a person'e tear bottle was buried with him. David asked God to preserve his tears and record and save them.

I have seen children cry when a toy was broken. The parent may try to repair the toy and if successful, the tears turn to smiles. If the toy is broken beyond repair, the parent must become a "special comforter." The toy may have to be gently replaced with something else. Sometimes our tears come from a broken heart. God mends it and we smile again.

But sometimes God knows that for our own good He must remove something from our lives, something we may consider very dear. The tears may fall, and we may not understand why, yet it is done for our own good. God however, never removes something from our lives without replacing it with something else. There are times when our broken things can lead us to His better things. God can comfort as no other can. He understands as no other does.

The wonderful hope in our lives is that there will come a time when God shall wipe away all tears. "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" (Rev. 21:4).We will indeed be rejoicing in eternity.

May your "extra day" be spent in making a difference to those about you...Love mark Phil. 4:11

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