I remember the humorous story of the young student, when asked to recite a Bible verse from memory, proudly stated, “Jesus wept.” This verse (John 11:35) is the shortest one in the Bible – and the easiest to remember!
But in these difficult and unprecedented times, I am claiming these two simple words as the most meaningful verse in the Bible. In our times of deepest grief, we have One who knows and shares our sorrow. In our times of unbearable trials, we have One who knows and bears our pain. In our times of frightening uncertainty, we have One who knows and goes with us through our fear. There is no hardship or sorrow that our God in Christ Jesus has not experienced, too.
In all of life, whatever our days may bring, we are in the good company of the One who understands us, hurts with us, and weeps with us. We are also in the good company of the One who will one day dry our tears, heal our hearts, and bring us incredible joy.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)
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The Bible verse was found at https://classic.biblegateway.com/
WWJD changes a bit in context of this verse, doesn’t it? =)
Amie, FMF #16
Oh my, yes, Amie! Thanks for stopping by.
I think these 2 words are really powerful and so under estimated. The emotion behind them is mindblowing. Jesus really did experience all we did and knows exactly what we are going through. God bless Loretta x
Thanks for visiting, Loretta, and God bless you, too!
He wept not for Lazarus,
but for his sisters’ pain,
for He could see they did not trust
the lost to rise again.
He wept for their inconstant hearts
that did not know His love’s dimension,
He wept to see them stand apart
in their dull pretension
that they knew the final things,
that death was end of story,
but did not see His bright warm wings,
and did not know the glory
that walked among them as a Man.
He wept; they didn’t understand!
I don’t know how you can write all of these poems so swiftly and eloquently, Andrew. (Oh, yes, I DO know. ) Bless you!
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Karen, amen. He is OUR HOPE. #7
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Isn’t it funny (and sad) how we tell each other to not show our grief or emotions–yet Jesus wept? Thank you for pointing this out.
Yes, thanks Anita! We will grieve with peace and hope, but we can still grieve.
grateful for a Savior who can relate to our pain and grief.
Thanks, Mariel, so am I… ❤
‘…whatever our days may bring, we are in the good company of the One who understands us, hurts with us, and weeps with us. We are also in the good company of the One who will one day dry our tears, heal our hearts, and bring us incredible joy’. Love this duality of His nature. Thank you for reminding us that we are not alone and that we have Hope.
I find such peace in this. Thanks, Wemi!
My favorite verse is your last one, Romans 8: 38 and 39. It is one l carry in my heart! Your take on Grief is lovely!
Yes, the verses are some of my favorites, too! Such comforting words. Thank you, Pat!