It’s not too often that I find myself at a loss for words, but sometimes I get tongue-tied when trying to find the right words in the most delicate of situations. When a friend or family member has suffered a great loss – perhaps a death, a divorce, or the loss of their job or health – at those times, I really struggle to find adequate words. If I happen to find the words, I then fear I won’t speak them in the right way. Perhaps you can relate.
It has taken years, but I have finally found that in those moments, words truly aren’t necessary. In fact, they may just be awkward and inappropriate. At times like those, sharing our tears with our hurting friends may communicate much, much more than sharing our words. Jesus spoke volumes to all those who had gathered when He cried at the tomb of Lazarus.
In his book, No Wonder They Call Him The Savior, Max Lucado writes these beautiful words. “When words are most empty, tears are most apt. A tearstain on a letter says much more than the sum of all its words. A tear falling on a casket says what a spoken farewell never could. What summons a mother’s compassion and concern more quickly than a tear on a child’s cheek? What gives more support than a sympathetic tear on the face of a friend?”
Real tears can never be misunderstood. –Dave
“On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days… Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” (John 11:17, 35-36)
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