Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Romans 12:15
A lady in our church was standing at the altar crying so I went to her. I told her I didn’t know what to say to help her but that I would just cry with her.
She hugged and thanked me then told me that crying with her was all she needed me to do.
A few years later, I was visiting a close friend whose sister had passed away. We were talking when all of a sudden we heard the sound of children softly crying.
We walked to the room where my friend’s niece and my daughter were playing. We wanted to see why they were crying but we didn’t want to rush in and frighten them. They were only four and five years old at the time.
They both had suffered loss, one through death and the other through divorce, and they were comforting each other through each other’s tears and hugs.
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Then there was the time when I was going through a painfully difficult time. I was left with nothing but shattered pieces of my life.
My heart was in such agony that I had to leave work and head straight to the church to pray. As I was at the altar pouring my heart and tears out, I suddenly felt a hand on my shoulder.
I was weeping inconsolably and I could not even look up to see who was praying for me. After a few minutes, I was able to gain some composure and I felt the hand on my shoulder lift.
When I turned around, I saw an elder of our church walking out the door. He had prayed silently with me and for me until the burden lifted.
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. I Corinthians 12:26
Thankfully, I’ve rejoiced many times with God, family and friends but I’m sure I will shed more tears before I get to heaven. Until then, I will remember God’s promise in Revelation 21:4:
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.