27th September 2012

Rejoice–One Day It Will Be Gone Forever!

“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
Psalm 56:8 (NLT)

At some point in life grief is inevitable for every one of us and most of us have already had our share of it. That long dark tunnel that seems to go on for ever. It is something that we need to work our way through; it’s a process and is different for each of us. We hear the advice; “Time heals all wounds”, and of course it is given with the best of intentions and meant to console us, but unfortunately we discover that time does no such thing—it merely helps us to cope a little better.

On a more positive note, some years ago the Johnson Company marketed a baby shampoo called, “No More Tears!” Perhaps you remember it or maybe you even used it on your children’s hair? No more tears sounds just great, doesn’t it? A time when this deep hurt, accompanied by rivulets of moisture coursing down human faces will be no more, will be over for ever.

“See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4 NRSV). Is this possible?

In the words of Jesus, “What is impossible for mortals is possible for God.” (Luke 18: 27 NRSV).

The prophet Isaiah also points forward to that wonderful time in Isaiah 65:17-19, “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth—so wonderful that no one will even think about the old ones anymore. Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness. Her people will be a source of joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem and delight in my people. And the sound of weeping and crying will be heard no more.”

But in the meantime—”Tears relieve the burning brain, like a shower of rain on a hot day. Tears lessen the agony as an overflow lessens the pressure of the flood against a dam. Tears are the material out of which heaven weaves its brightest rainbow.” (F. B. Meyer)

Great Father of all compassion, of all consolation, thank you that you see our tears and hear our cries and thank you that you have wept for us through your Son, Jesus.

Study by Cliff Neill

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