A Time for Tears
"In the third chapter of Ecclesiastes there are words of great wisdom: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: ... a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance" (vv 1, 4). Let me say emphatically, there is a time when we are to weep. We are to weep over sin, over sin's effects, over suffering, anguish, pain, and over death. We are to weep when we suffer. We are to weep when others suffer. Christianity is no stoic religion. It is not a religion of the stiff upper lip. It is a religion that recognizes sin as sin and evil as evil, and grieves for both. We will have to grieve as long as we are here in this world.
But not always! Not as those who have no hope! And not at Easter! At Easter we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, and we rejoice with Mary, those tears are turned to joy. How can we weep? Once we had only a dead religion, but now we have found a living person. Once we had a martyr, but now we have found a Savior. Once we had a mortal, or so we thought. Now we have a reigning Lord."
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