I remember years ago listening to the late Christian radio talk show host, Rich Buhler. He impressed me with something he said that has come back to me again and again. I may not quote him accurately but here’s what I recall. “Most of us have never cried all the tears we have or shared all the laughter we hold onto.” He encouraged listeners to let the tears flow and be grateful for them.
This week, I thought of his words once more as I read in my daily devotional, Spirit of Ireland, the following: “We should never be afraid of tears. They soften our hearts, wash our eyes, and clear our vision.” I’m finding that to be true in my life and maybe you know this truth, as well, as you navigate your challenges.
Another sage whose wisdom I’ve clung to, Philip Sutton Chard, suggests we go outdoors when it’s raining and allow ourselves to cry, arms outstretched, right along with Mother Nature.
That’s been a bit of a challenge for me since I live in California where we’ve had a drought for the past few years, but I can make up for it in the shower!!
Thank you, God, for the ability and the permission to cry our eyes out and then to open them to the sunshine of your love.