“Jesus wept.” – John 11:35
Two small words that speak volumes of God’s heart for us. This short sentence gives account of our Savior’s response to the loss of a loved one, and those He also dearly loved that were left behind to grieve. What I love so much about this historical account, is that the story did not end in their time of mourning, but instead He went on, moved to do the miraculous, and raised Lazarus from the dead.
God is a God of compassion who comes close and carries our heaviness and holds our hearts. I imagine gentle tears graced the face of Glory in recent days, as He has held the hearts and hands of the grieving.
I think also, of what a devastating decision He chose to make when He sent His Son to be our Savior. He knew the road our Redeemer would have to walk and the death He would have to die. Knowing the coming anguish, He still chose to come close. Tears likely touched the faces found in heaven at His earthly descent, yet surely they freely flowed upon His rightful return to His heavenly throne.
Christmas can be a challenging time for those caught in the midst of mourning. I imagine that joy is a little harder for the families of Sandy Hook to find this season. My assurance lies in knowing that He sees their pain, and is present among them. He weeps as they weep, and mourns as they mourn. The beauty that is promised, is that there will be joy again. Despite the devastation, God’s goodness and grace will fill that place, and the people will rise again. He will bring beauty from the ashes and hope from the sea of tears.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are a God of compassion who comes close. Thank You that You are not afraid to shed tears and allow Your heart to be heard. Forgive us for hiding ours. Teach us to trust You enough to be transparent, so that others may feel Your comfort and compassion as we do not shy away from coming close to those in need. Father, please be the comfort and strength of all who are affected by the devastation in Connecticut. Lead us to love as You love us, so that many may come to know You as the Light of the world this Christmas. Amen.
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