You Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your records?
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Did you ever wonder why God would keep bottles of our tears?
As a mom of five, I would keep my kids' first-lost baby teeth, wrapped lovingly in a Kleenex and kept in an envelope and placed ever so lovingly in my jewelery box. I'm not sure why I did that other than I just wanted a little piece of their babyhood to keep with me forever. Sadly, I no longer have those precious little teeth but what about God? And what about our tears?
Does He REALLY keep our tears? And why?
"Lachrymatories", or tear bottles, are where surviving relatives dropped their tears for their deceased family and friends. They were buried with their ashes, or in their urns.
Hundreds of small bottles dating back to 300 B.C. were found by Middle Eastern tomb raiders around 100 A.D. Theory was developed that they were part of the mourning ritual where mourners would cry into the bottles as a sign of respect. It was also believed that mourners would be paid to attend the funerals of the wealthy: filling tear bottles & wailing loudly to create dramatic impact. These items were rare in most burials, but common among the wealthy.
"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, of unspeakable love." - Washington Irving
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She bathed His feet with her warm tears as they dropped one by one unto His feet. Luke 7:37
My eye wastes away because of grief, it grows old because of all my enemies.
Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.
The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer.
He has seen you cry until you can’t cry any more. He has witnessed your heartache. He has seen your tears when you have cried all alone in the dark, not sure of where to turn or where to go. He has recorded each one in His book and collected your tears in the bottle He has just for you. How precious you are to Him!
Let the tears flow and know that your God cares for you intimately and with great passion!
Father, Thank you for seeing my tears and for the promise that I am never alone in my sorrow. Amen.