God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. (Revelation 7:17 NRSV)
I like something Calvin Miller once said about crying. "Crying," he said, "is common in this world. It does little good to ask the reason for it . . . Laughter can be heard here and there, but by and large, weeping predominates. With maturity the sound and reason for crying changes, but never does it stop. All infants do it everywhere--even in public. By adulthood most crying is done alone and in the dark. Weeping, for babies, is a sign of health and evidence that they are alive. Isn't this a chilling omen? Not laughter but tears is the life sign.
If you want to read one of the defining statements in all the Bible about the nature of God, you will find it in our reading from the Book of Revelation. After a magnificent description of the angels and the saints gathered around God's throne, we read this revealing statement: "God will wipe away every tear from their eyes..."
Dear God, thank you for wiping away the tears. Amen.
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