Did you know …
… your eyes produce tears all the time?1
… you can make 15 to 30 gallons of tears each year?1
… tears are essential to help you see clearly and maintain the health of your eyes?1
… your body makes three types of tears?1
… they can help communicate your emotions?1
If I had to guess, I would say that the most known fact above is that tears help us to communicate emotions. I do not remember the exact circumstance, but I do remember how a very dear friend of mine made me feel when she said, “Tears are unspoken words.” I felt heard and validated for whatever it was that was going on even though I had no words to share. She had the presence of mind to sit with me and allow me to just let the tears flow. Truth be told, she too may have shed a tear or two with me. I will never forget that phrase and have at times been able to share it with others. Sadly, I think too many times we try to hold it all in and should we not be able too, we find ourselves apologizing for our emotions … for our tears … when in fact, they are words that just need to be shared. I will never forget that sentence and love my friend dearly for it; for creating that safe place for me to express something in which words could not.
So, it is today that I wish to share with you, “Tears are unspoken words.” With everything that is going on in the world today, you may be feeling that you just do not have the words. That is okay. Jesus did not always have words either.
In John 11:35 we learn that Jesus wept. If Jesus, a God of strength and comfort could weep, surely, we as imperfect and broken humans can too? Our world and what we once knew feels broken. It is hard sometimes and sometimes we just do not have the words. Perhaps even though Jesus weeps with us, we can also 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Sometimes, when we do not have the words, we can find comfort and peace in the words of another. The Prayer of St. Francis has always been one of my favorites … I recently discovered a beautiful version by Sarah McLachlan – I hope you enjoy it. May God’s peace, mercy, grace, and love fill your heart. Amen.
The Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is an injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
1Tear Facts are taken from the American Academy of Ophthalmology: