By Mike Hall
Kneeling before the altar … fervent prayers offered …
Tears drip onto the wood, added to the tears of others,
Drops of distress purged from an anguish-ridden soul,
Burdened with shame? guilt? sorrow? compassion?
Words lifted up, pleading to be heard.
Tears shed from genuine contrition;
Tears resulting from heart-rending contemplation;
Tears sending their salt-rimmed evidence of hope lifted up;
Tears sending their message to the heavenly throne.
Is God counting the tears being shed?
Tears of sincere gratitude … tears of exaltation …
Made in His image … filled with so many tear-inducing emotions,
These feelings a microcosm of how God feels for His creation.
If Jesus wept … does God?
In this moment is He shedding His own tears?
Tears of joy over a soul deep in conversation with Him –
Acknowledging His sovereignty …
Acknowledging His kindness and mercy …
Acknowledging His unwavering love, though undeserved …
Hasn’t this always been God’s greatest desire?