~ John 11:35
I remember being asked if "God cries?"
"Of course," I responded.
Humanity is full of moments that point to the Creator shedding tears, and then there is Jesus.
There have been moments in my life where the only response was to cry.
A mother lies unconscious as a nurse holds a phone next to her ear so that a daughter might tell her, "I love you" for the last time.
A man lays silent, staring at the ceiling, as a doctor tells him he is going to never walk again.
A woman with two children is told she is no longer needed at her job.
A bomb goes off in a distant land, and the father of a soldier learns his son was just killed.
A neighborhood comes together, holding candles and praying when a gunman enters a church, killing half of its members.
Yes, God cries.
We are never alone in our joy, or in a valley of darkness.
For me, the ocean is not just a reminder of God's power, but it is filled with the salty tears of the One who has loved each of us unconditionally. Who watches and cries when we harm one another. When we fight, and when we seem to believe that no one is around.
The power of God's tears wash over shorelines, and reaches to the depths of the deepest oceans.
Each day I launch prayers, like a note within a bottle, that floats among those tears, and is discovered by the One who already knew my needs before the first drop of ink left my pen.
Yes, our God cries. For each one of us.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.