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Tuesday, March 27

March 27, 2012

Even in nature we see tears.

When I was out last week, taking photos of the spring color bursting out all over town - I stopped by the town hall arboretum and captured the weeping willows around the little ponds. It was for the most part a grey morning, and the new yellow/green leaves were ever so gently blowing in the light breeze.

As I searched for a quote for this photo - I looked first at 'weeping willow.'  Many that I found referred to the sadness the tree feels - as it continues to stand the test of time - when those who have played beneath it, perhaps even tied a rope or swing to it's branches and shared life with it for a moment, shared it's shade on a hot summer day and maybe even spread a blanket, had a picnic, or took a nap  - have grown and moved away.

In my workplace two coworkers, my same age, suddenly lost their husbands, one this past weekend, and another about a month and a half ago. As I gaze on the weeping willow this morning, my heart is heavy like it's branches, weighed down with grief and sadness for my coworkers and their children and families. There is such an ache and sadness for their pain, for their sorrow. Although I have not lost a spouse to death, I have lost both parents, both in-laws, cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents and very dear and close friends.

It is good to cry. Important to weep and grieve. Vital to mourn the loss of part of your life.
But  somewhere down that road of sorrow,  that each one of us will travel at one a time or another, there hopefully will be moments with smiles. As we remember the times of love and laughter, the joy and the life.

I think it too simplistic to read the Dr. Seuss quote above and think we should never cry. We do need to. But we also need to be grateful, and be thankful that we were given the opportunity to share life together.

I love Ecclesiastes Chapter 3.
I need to memorize it.

 There is a time for everything, 
 and a season for every activity under the heavens:
 a time to be born and a time to die,
 a time to plant and a time to uproot,
 a time to kill and a time to heal,
 a time to tear down and a time to build,
 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
 a time to mourn and a time to dance,
 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
 a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
 a time to search and a time to give up,
 a time to keep and a time to throw away,
 a time to tear and a time to mend,
 a time to be silent and a time to speak,
 a time to love and a time to hate,
 a time for war and a time for peace.
 What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 

Praising and Thanking God for the life He has given us. Praising and Thanking Him for the relationships we have worked at. Praising and Thanking God for the good times and celebrations. Praising and Thanking God of the memories that warm our hearts as we remember our loved ones, and I know I am so grateful to have shared life with them. 

Praising and Thanking God for the tears of sorrow that cleanse our hearts and hopefully bring us to the foot of the cross where because of it - we know at some point we will once again share life again with our loved ones . . .


Karin said...

My thoughts and feelings exactly! Beautiful post!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Amen! God has also given us the ability to cry.It is good to release the tensions and sorrows with a multitude of tears.deep down,from the heart joy does return in time.