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A Pool of Tears

Today’s Reflection

IT WAS THE late seventies, and I was sitting with Gordon Cosby, cofounder and pastor of the Church of the Saviour, a small, vibrant, ecumenical congregation in the inner city of Washington, D.C. We were having lunch … and reflecting on the challenges of preaching within in the contemporary urban context. Almost forty years of servant ministry had given my lunch companion a profound pastoral wisdom. When I asked him whether he had anything to say to me about sharing the gospel on the suffering continent of Africa, he responded, “Always remember that each person you see … sits next to his or her own pool of tears.” …

Each of us does sit next to a pool of tears. As you read my words, you are sitting beside your pool; and as I write these words, I am seated next to mine. Our pools are different. Some are deeper; some are muddier. Some have been caused by what has been done to us; some are the result of our own doing. These pools remind us of the grief and losses that we have experienced through our lives. It might have been the death of a loved one, the pain of divorce, abuse as a child, the unmet longing for a partner, the loss of a job, or a rejection by a close friend. There are many different kinds of pools – the list goes on and on.

But tears don’t have to end in sadness and pain. As different as our pools of tears may be, they can lead us into a new space of change and growth. If we allow our tears to tell their stories, they can become the means by which our lives are transformed.

– Trevor Hudson
Hope Beyond Your Tears

From pages 13-15 of Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love by Trevor Hudson. Foreword by Dallas Willard. Copyright © 2012 by Trevor Hudson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Describe a time when your tears have been transformed to a space of change and growth. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.
Psalm 71:6, NRSV

This Week: pray for people seeking employment. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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This week we remember Prudence Crandall (January 30).

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  • robert moeller January 31, 2013, 4:27 am

    I felt as though I had two choices after my wife quite unexpectedly passed away: turn to God or turn away from God. I was angry and upset after finding her on the family room couch. I turned to God and it made a big difference. Through church I was comforted, encouraged, supported, and consoled. I am very thankful for that time. Starting anew was more difficult but after 11 years I found someone to share the rest of my life with. God has been with me through it all.

    Lord I ask your blessing and wisdom to those looking for work, may they depend on you, look to you for guidance and support knowing that with you all will be well. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.

  • Jay January 31, 2013, 7:46 am

    My childhood was difficult. There were many tears of frustration and anger. Thankfully, I always felt drawn to the church and the positive impact it had on my life is immeasurable. Thank you Father!

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 13, 2013, 8:24 pm

    Father God, I life those seeking for a job into your hands. May each of them find a suitable job where they can use their talents to shine brightly for you.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling July 31, 2013, 7:50 am

    Father God, I lift those seeking for a job into your hands. May each of them find a suitable job where they can use their talents to shine brightly for you.


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