Many people, who are otherwise biblically illiterate, know the shortest verse in the bible: Jesus wept (John 11:35). I am glad that Jesus, in His earthly ministry, showed His emotions. It gives me freedom to show mine.

I have been a weeper since my teen years and have never felt that it was something for which I needed to apologize. On the contrary, my freedom to emote has been a helpful model, especially to men. I used to hug and kiss my father, grandfather, stepfather and pastor when I saw them. For me, it was very natural and showed more of how I felt, than did a handshake. I wept for those men when they left the earth.

Today, I read the first chapter of Tom Lutz’s book, Crying (W.W. Norton & Company, 1999). The book opens with:

“An anonymous British pamphlet from 1755, Man: A Paper for Ennobling the Species, proposed a number of ideas for human improvement, and among them was the idea that something called “moral weeping” would help:

We may properly distinguish weeping into two general kinds, genuine and counterfeit; or into physical crying and moral weeping. Physical crying, while there are no real corresponding ideas in the mind, nor any genuine sentimental feeling of the heart to produce it, depends upon the mechanism of the body: but moral weeping proceeds from, and is always attended with, such real sentiments of the mind, and feeling of the heart, as do honour to human nature; which false crying always debases.”

 Don’t ever apologize that you have a tender heart and a weeping eye. As long as that weeping is authentic, cry on!

Jesus wept…and so may we.

Glad the tomb is empty…and we are not,

RAF