Today’s Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 9:1

“Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears!  I would weep day and night for the slain of my people.

He is known as the weeping prophet, for good reason.

Jeremiah was often moved to tears – even despair – over the plight of his people.  But he also spent many hours in prayer, and receiving consolation, from God.

Just before the Scripture passage quoted above, the weeping prophet says,

“O my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint with me.”

I hope that you are led to call out in a similar way when your own tears come.

One of the most beautiful aspects of faith is that we are not alone in our sorrow – regardless of its cause.

One of the most powerful resources upon which we can call is the consolation of God – our Comforter – even when “easy” answers to our dilemma or distress are not forthcoming.

One of the wonderful examples Christ provides for us in all this is how he could both laugh – and weep – fully.

So, prophet or not, you and I can be certain of one thing:

God cares about our tears.

And that alone can make them far more bearable.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your compassion that surrounds me when tears come – as they must come – to all of us.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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