Tuesday: 23rd April, 2019

Reference text : John 20:11-18

John 20:13 And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”

After the loss of a loved one, friends, relatives and even strangers gather to say their goodbyes. During these moments, one can see people shed tears to varying degrees. If there is something I recall being taught about such moments, it is the fact that although the tears seem to be because of the loss, many other people shed their tears for very different reasons.

When Jesus wept, the Jews attributed the tears to his strong love for lazarus who had just died (Jn 11:35,36). Therefore, except on the rare occasions where people appear to have no reasons for shedding tears, I dare say that everyone has a reason for their tears. At the very least, Mary in the Gospel had a reason for hers. So, if you have tears in your eyes, this question goes for you: ‘Why do you weep?’

This question was so critical that in the space of a short time, it was asked twice. Not that tears in themselves were bad, it is their purpose in particular circumstances that is questioned. While tears are useful in showing some emotion, there are other times when they serve no purpose hence, why the reason for weeping is questioned.

Beloved, weeping does not provide answers to problems but rather makes it difficult for us to see ahead clearly. Therefore, even though you may have a genuine reason for weeping, allow God to wipe your tears because only then will you clearly see His hand at work and the path to follow in your situation.


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