Do You Cry?

You saw me crying in the chapel
The tears I shed were tears of joy
I know the meaning of contentment
I am happy with the Lord
Just a plain and simple chapel
Where all good people go to pray
I prayed the Lord that I’ll grow stronger
As I live from day to day
I searched and I searched but I couldn’t find
No way on earth to find peace of mind
Now I’m happy in the chapel
Where people are of one accord
Yes, we gather in the chapel
Just to sing and praise the Lord
You’ll search and you’ll search but you’ll never find
No way on earth to find peace of mind
Take your troubles to the chapel
Get down on your knees and pray
Then your burdens will be lighter
And you’ll surely find a way.
“Crying in the Chapel”- Songwriter: Artie Glenn

What makes you cry?

Spilt Milk

Wipe it up

Skinned knees and elbows

Can’t tell you how many times I came home from playing all day with blood everywhere.  Grandma would just wipe me down and shake her head, knowing I’d be out tomorrow doing it all over again.

Losing loved ones

This one is big.  I’ve shed lots of tears.

Tears of Joy

This is almost a daily for me. 

I cry for joy because of the loving grace Jesus has given me.

 

Jesus wept.”   John 11:35

Jesus wept for his friend Lazarus, when he died. 

He felt as much grief as we would feel for someone we loved who had died.

Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death.  Mark 14:34

Jesus wept as He prayed in the garden before He was arrested.   He didn’t really want to die, but He knew that the Father said there was no other way than for Jesus to make the sacrifice for the whole of humanity and die in our stead, and so He accepted, because it was the will of the Father.

“Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace!  But now the are hidden from your eyes.  For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” Luke 19:41-44

Jesus wept for the future of an unrepentant city of Jerusalem.   I think perhaps He weeps for our cities and world.   For those of this day and age who reject Him.  His heart breaks for us to come to Him, for He loves us so.

Jerusalem didn’t realize the privileges and peace that Jesus would bring them, if they only accepted Him, but instead they rejected Him and nailed Him to a cross.  He already died for us…we should live for Him. 

Sometimes I weep because the way the world is and the news everyday how evil and sorrow fills the lives of many. 

Then I hear a story of God’s redeeming grace told by someone who has come from the brink of life to a more fulfilled life with Jesus and my tears are joyous tears.

When Jesus was teaching His disciples the beatitudes or the blessings we would receive when we live our lives according to God’s word, He said in Luke 6:21  “…Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.”   This seems like a strange statement, but when you really know Jesus, you know that, one day when we are with Him in the new earth, there will be no need for tears or crying of any sort.  This promise is made known to us in Revelation 21:4  “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.  There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”  The tears that God will wipe away are not tears of shame or guilt but tears caused by the pain, death, persecution and other hardships that His people suffer on this present earth.  Who are His people, of course those who have come to Him through His Son Jesus Christ.   Remember John 3:16-17  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son in to the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” 

Imagine laughing and smiling all the time. 

What a change from the world we live in today. 

I don’t know about you, but I love to laugh.

If you don’t know Jesus yet and would like to be one of those laughing, smiling people, won’t you come to Jesus now.  Just say this little prayer, with all your heart…and watch for the change in you!