Daily Office Readings for Monday of Proper 21 year 1
Psalm 89:6 &7
(6) I called upon the Lord in my distress *
and cried out to my God for help.
(7) He heard my voice from his heavenly dwelling; *
my cry of anguish came to his ears.
I believe crying is one of the most effective ways of praying a human can do. I also ponder if crying is uniquely human. Perhaps someone out there reading this can reply back with an answer.
There are many instances in the Bible where crying is responded to from heaven. The one I like to recall is from Genesis where Hagar is forced to leave the camp of Abraham with her son Ishmael. “Then she went off and sat down about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there, she began to sob. God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.” (Genesis 21:16 – 17)
Again, there are several such times of God responding to tears in the Bible. What I glean from this continual reoccurrence is that the message is true, God’s ears hears tears! The boy Ishmael perhaps did not yet know God but God was in tune with him. God has implanted in every one of us a signaling device that will notify God whenever distress happens that cause tears. And like the boy Ishmael, it makes no difference what, or even if, we believe. God both believes and loves all the time.
There are some who say that crying is a form of weakness. I will argue that if crying brings in God then crying is the most powerful force in the universe. If you cry you pray no matter what you say you believe. It’s out of your control. However, remember, God can’t be tricked. Real tears bring in the Real God.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+