There’s a lot of tears spilling out of our Bible.
Jesus wept…. Then Jesus, again groaning within Himself, came to the tomb…. As He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it…. In the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death…. I will cry like a woman in labor…. My soul is exceedingly sorrowful even to death…. O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear…. When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion….
Out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears…. Serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears…. For three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears….
They mourned and wept…. Peter went out and wept bitterly…. I [John] wept much…. I [Jesus] say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice….
A sword will pierce through your own soul also…. They wept freely, and fell on Paul’s neck…. Mary stood outside the tomb weeping…. She began to wash His feet with her tears….
Do I, a last-day saint, weep as did early-day saints? Am I simply less passionate than they? Do tears refuse to flow because I care less? Do I care less because I love less?
Do I have the gratitude of Mary Magdalene? The faithfulness of Paul? The passion of Peter? Should I be embarrassed of tears or no tears? Are few tears here indication of many tears there, at the judgment seat of Christ?
Do we live in a time when frivolous is cool? When glib is admirable? Can the gibberish of Facebook be found in Scripture? (Can the passion of Scripture be found in Facebook?) Has the institutional church caused eyes to be dry? dried eyes moistened by the Holy Spirit?
Our precious Lord Jesus: Blessed are those who mourn.