In His Presence in Tears
by Mary Haskett
“…Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry” (Luke 7:11-13 NIV).
Reading this passage the other day brought a lump to my throat. I have read it many times before, but this day the compassion of our dear Saviour registered with me. “Don’t cry” He says, “When troubles hit you, I’m here. And if you do cry that’s okay too, because I understand.” Those two words, “Don’t cry,” carry so much meaning, and tell us how much He loves us and empathizes with all the ups and downs of life we face here on earth.
Every one of us, at some time or another, has gone into His presence in tears, or perhaps we’ve forgotten to go to Him and have agonized over situations—internalizing our grief. But still He’s there saying, “Don’t cry.”
May we always remember He’s waiting for us to come to Him. His compassion never changes. How privileged we are to be able to go directly to the source of all comfort and know with a certainty He is aware of all that concerns us.
Dear Lord, may we never forget your love and concern for each of us. We are eternally grateful that we can come into your presence through our tears. We offer praise and thanks to you for this truth.
- How Do I Come Into His Presence When I Am Lonely? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
- Why, Lord, Why? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
- The Gift of Tears (iwanttobelieveingod.com)
Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served as Director of Women’s ministries, Singles Fellowship, counseling and prayer.
Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released last year. She has had many articles published and has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her on her website.