Soul Peaceful: Tears

Monday, June 22, 2020

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry” (Psalm 34:15) 


Let’s get right to it, tears are not for the weak or the helpless. It’s not a “woman” thing or only something babies do. Tears are real and they are communicating with God; especially when we can’t always form the words...

Romans 8:26 says "And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” 

How many times have you sat in a quiet place and tried to cry out to God in prayer and nothing came forth, but those tears? You might have felt that God couldn’t understand you or that you didn’t actually pray. I take comfort in knowing that when I don’t know how to pray, the Spirit of God makes intercession for me and takes my tears to God and He decodes every hurt, pain, shame, fear, and disappointment. He makes sense of my tears.

When it comes to meditation you may hear the person leading the practice say, "sit with your thoughts and release what’s on your mind and in your heart." I’ll be the first to say that sometimes that’s hard. How can you tell God what’s on your heart when you don’t really know what’s on your heart or what emotions you feel? 

What if all you have to offer God are your tears? Confusion? Anger? Hostility? Helplessness? What if all you can say is, “I’m in pain. I’m hurting. I’m angry because I’m hurting; and I’m ashamed because I feel like as a Christian I should have more faith and shouldn’t be crying."

This is not true. When it comes to meditation and approaching God, He isn’t looking for you to be perfect, He’s looking for you to be present. His eyes see the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.

For the month of June, I’ve shed many tears. Some of the tears came out of nowhere. Others I knew were coming because I’d bottled up so much stress and pressure and felt myself about to burst. 

But I realized in a season of tears intimacy with God grows.

Job cried. David wept bitterly. Mary shed tears. Jesus wept. Tears are healing. Crying cleanses the mind, body, and soul. Tears help your body dispose of chemicals that raise your cortisol, the stress hormone; therefore releasing stress. Crying kills bacteria. Crying cleans the lashes and improves vision. Crying improves mood. Crying is self-care, self-soothing, and helps your body bounce back from trauma. When you break a bone, don’t be ashamed to cry. When you do, you release a feel-good hormone that increases your pain tolerance that can lead to peace and serenity. Allowing yourself to cry allows you to prevent the numbing of all of your emotions so that you can experience joy and happiness. Crying can lower blood pressure and prevent depression.

You can’t cry too much as tears are a part of life. So when you go into meditation and you’re told to clear your mind…if all you have within you is a tear to shed, know that you are being present, you've opened your heart to God and allowed Him to look in without judgment.

Meditation is not about perfection or performance. It’s about being present.

Until next time my dears…

Be Soul Peaceful,

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