Tears are a language

ImageComing home from the store this afternoon I was enjoying the beautiful weather and looking at the few trees beginning to put on their Fall colors. I decided to plug my phone into the car speaker and hit play, the song that came up first kind of hit me in the gut and my eyes started to leak just a little. I hit repeat so I could listen again and paid special attention to all the words. Several artists have recorded this little song, it was “Smile” and the smooth voice singing it to me was Lyle Lovett. Actually I have three versions of it on my IPhone besides Lyle there is Josh Groban, and last but not least, Michael Bolton.  I only just found out that the music was actually written by Charlie Chaplin! The first verse says “Smile though your heart is aching, Smile even though it’s breaking, When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by, If you smile through your fear and sorrow, Smile and maybe tomorrow, You’ll see the sun come shining through for you, if you’ll just smile.” Then there is another old song from back in the day “The Tears of a Clown”, when you read that title just now could you hear the music starting it off? If your answer is no then you are just too young to remember it, I could, and I can hear Smokey Robinson singing “Now there’s some sad things known to man But ain’t too much sadder than the tears of a clown When there’s no one around, oh yeah.”  Why do we shed these salty liquid drops from our eyes? Obviously there might be an irritant in your eye but more than likely we are talking about something emotional that brings them rushing to spill down your cheeks. There are songs that we sing in church that touch our heart and soul, there are some “religious” folk who don’t like these songs, they call them “soulish”, these are the songs that are either prayers or testimonies, and while not praise and worship, which are important, have a special place with a person that finds it hard to release their emotions any place else but sitting in a church pew or kneeling at the altar. The first verse of this song says, “Often you wonder why tears come into your eyes, and burdens seem to be much more than you can stand, But God is standing near, He sees your falling tears, Tears are a language that God understands.” When there are no words that can be verbalized you know that God sees your heart and knows exactly what is going on within you. Psalm 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, And give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; Psalm 126:5 They who sow in tears shall reap in joy. Revelation 21:4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; If God sees every sparrow that falls to the ground, if He knows how many hairs are on your head then He certainly sees when you cry. We cry for various reasons, sometimes there are even tears of joy, but most times when you see a tear rolling down someone’s cheek you know there is sadness. Why try to hide your emotion from others? If you have the need to cleanse yourself with a few tears I say go for it. My “little Mama” had a saying when she saw one of the children crying, she would just purse her lips and say we just had extra water that needed to be shed. She was raised in a time when neither men nor ladies were supposed to cry in public. When my dad, in his prime, was 6′ tall and weighed in at around 250 pounds, when something touched him he was never ashamed to let the tears flow. He always felt that the tears of a human spoke to God, as the song said, “Tears are a language that God understands.”  King David spoke to the Lord in Psalm 116:8 “For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.” Isaiah 25:8 “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces.” I know you might be saying you don’t want to wait for “pie in the sky” or take flying lessons so you’ll be ready to go when Jesus comes back, but “when we all get to heaven” we will be happy for eternity! Let me end with this promise, Psalm 30:5 Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning!

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