Cleansing Tears

heartThere are some things in life that hurt. I’m not talking about stub your toe hurt or paper cut hurt. I’m talking about the kind of hurt that you can’t put a band aid on or clean up the dirt that can cause an infection. It’s messy in a place within that you can’t scrub clean no matter how hard you try.

It’s a deep emotional hurt that breaks your heart and crushes your spirit. The kind that keeps you up at night. The kind that makes you burst into spontaneous tears.  The kind that can be a source of great torment deep inside. It’s like an itch you can’t reach. A festering sore that aches.

Let’s face it, this life is messy. People and events that are out of our control can leave tracks on our hearts and minds that can seem insurmountable to overcome. The pain can feel like a tidal wave that picks you up and carries you away, nearly drowning you before depositing you who knows where!

In those times I just want to remind you that it’s OK to cry. Crying washes out the negative emotions. It’s a release valve. Don’t plug up the cleansing flow of tears. Let yourself cry. Let yourself feel. Let yourself heal.

A physical wound must be cleaned, bandaged and given time to scab over and form new skin. So too, an emotional wound must be cleaned, and given time to heal. So for those of you that are in this place of emotional wounding, remember to give yourself time, to cry as often as you need to, and to embrace the following truth.

Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

If you are feeling brokenhearted or crushed in spirit, remember that God sees your pain and is with you. Can you feel His arms about you? Look to Him in your times of brokenness and He will be faithful to see you through.

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