May 3rd 2020

That One Wee Drop

“Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.”
Psalm 130:1-5 (NIV)

Most churches have scripture readings each Sunday. Some are lengthy, but one church had a surprise. The reader walked to the front to read. He placed a large Bible on the lecturn and slowly turned until he found the passage. He pulled out his reading glasses and then began: “Our reading comes from the book of John.” He lowered his eyes, took a deep breath, and read: “Jesus wept.” He then closed his Bible and walked back to his seat.

It was perhaps a light moment, but the shortest verse in the Bible is by no means insignificant

This reminds me of Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick. Captain Ahab’s whole life is set on revenge against the whale which maimed him. But Melville creates an unexpected scene where Ahab sheds a tear. Melville writes, “From beneath his slouched hat Ahab dropped a tear into the sea; nor did all the Pacific contain such wealth as that one wee drop.”

If a tear from a fictional character conveys such wealth, what treasures does a real tear from the living Son of God hold for us today? When Jesus wept, it wasn’t a lone tear escaping from a crack in a soul hardened by hate. His tears flowed from the fulness of his Father’s love for his children. His wasn’t a wee drop absorbed by the sea, rather, his tears were mingled with ours, sharing our sorrow and wiping them away in the flood of his redeeming forgiveness.

Just two words, “Jesus wept,” but by them we are assured that our tears are not ignored. We can always cry to the Lord to deliver us. Just a tiny verse within the sea of words throughout scripture, but we can spend the rest of our lives fathoming the wealth of love in those tears.

Prayer
Merciful Father, thank you that Jesus cares, and that he cares for me. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Presented by Anthony Mullins
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The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Anthony Mullins is a GCI Elder and Lead Pastor of Grace Communion Hickory in North Carolina. He is also Regional Director of the Southeast Region in the United States as well as the National Coordinator of the Intern, Pastoral Resident, The Orchard and Coaching Programmes for Grace Communion International. Anthony and his wife, Elizabeth live in Hickory, North Carolina.

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