Thursday, May 21, 2009

Blessed are The Tears

Here in sunny southern New Mexico, the weather is usually, well..............sunny! Not today, however. The skies are dark and overcast, with an occasional drizzle or light rain. You won't hear me complaining, though. It's been so long since we were blessed with rain, I am thrilled with the change in our weather.

The welcomed moisture, albeit moderate at best, has not only cleaned the dust from the air, but filled it with a wonderfully fresh aroma. No more stale air, here! And surprisingly, despite the gloomy darkness, everyone I meet seems upbeat, revived and rejuvenated. It is as though the rain has left the whole town feeling new and alive again. It's amazing what a few good sprinkles can do!

The same can be said about tears. Yes, tears. So often we try to keep our life sunny - free of overcast skies and teardrops. We somehow feel tears will only ruin our day and get everything in our life soggy. How, like the rain, we should welcome the rainy times of our lives.

The song, Blessed are The Tears, by Christian recording artist Bryan Duncan, speaks so deeply to my heart, especially on rainy days. The chorus to the song is:

Blessed are the tears that fall

Clean the windows of the soul

And usher in a change of heart

And bring a joy that angels know

Blessed are the tears that fall

Wash the stains of life away

Forgiven and forgotten now

A new creation's here to stay

Blessed are the tears that fall

Tears, like the rain, can do wonders to wash the dust, the hurt, and the stale air out of our life. They are also God's way of bringing much needed healing and refreshment to a heart that has become parched from the winds and heat of life.

Are you experiencing a rainy time in your life right now? If so, don't draw the curtains of your soul and hide inside until the storm passes. Instead, walk out into the downpour, leaving your umbrella safely tucked in your hall closet. Feel the drops. Let them soak all the way down to the deepest place of your heart. As God waters your spirit with His forgiveness, His peace, His hope, His love and His joy, you will see new life start to sprout up where only despair and gloom once tried to take root. Welcome this season into your life and allow it to renew you and revive you.

Thank you, Jesus, for loving us enough to send the rain into our lives. Help us not to miss the blessings you have lovingly placed into each and every tear.

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