WEEK 23

P r ay e r

“Every Tear Gone”
by Pam Chun
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” Isn’t that what we all want? Someone to wipe the tears from our eyes. Someone who knows how much we are hurting on the inside. Someone with whom we feel safe sharing the deeply buried wounds, who sees the scars that never seem to heal, and understands the pain that we keep hidden because it hurts so much. We want someone who has felt the sorrow that feels like a hard, heavy stone in our hearts when we have lost people we love. We want someone who will hold us when we’ve made mistakes we can’t take back and which make us cry, “It’s too late, it’s too late.” That person is Jesus. When the apostle John wrote these words at the end of the Book of Revelation, he was well aware that life is not full of pain but, as the Dread Pirate Roberts in the movie, The Princess Bride says, “Life is pain.” There is no escaping it. John himself had seen and lived through pain. In the course of his lifetime he had buried all his friends (he was the last of Jesus’ disciples) and was living in exile on the island of Patmos. He had experienced Jesus leaving not once but twice: first when He was crucified and died, and then again after Jesus was resurrected when He ascended to the Father. John knew heartache. And yet, God gave John this amazing vision – that one day every tear shed over every sadness and sorrow and loss in our lives would be wiped away by God Himself. There will be no more tears because, as John writes, “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.” Zero, zilch, nada, zed. Gone forever. When I think about someone wiping every tear from our eyes, I think of parents. When children fall, parents pick them up, clean the dirt from scraped knees, and wipe away tears, every last one. And of them all, wiping our tears is the best part, the thing that makes us feel the best. It tells us that it’s all over. In the same way, when God comes in and wipes away every tear from our eye it will be because it’s all over. We will have fallen no more. Alleluia!

Memory Verse: Revelation 21:4

Lord, thank you that You know us, love us, that you see our pain, and bend over us tenderly even now. Thank You for Your promise of eternity in which there will be no more mourning or crying or pain, a new order in which the only tears we have will be tears of joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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