When was the last time you cried?
Did you grow up believing that crying was a sign of weakness as a friend of mine did?
Let me tell you something. It’s not. To cry is to let go of the pride holding back the emotions inside. Perhaps crying is not a sign of weakness, but in fact, a sign of strength.
I have cried quite a bit this year. Sometimes not with physical tears, but I can feel it inside.
There are so many reasons we cry.
I have cried out of fear.
I have cried out of uncertainty, out of missing a sense of steadiness.
I have cried out of conviction, as Wednesday night sermons have been preached.
I have cried out of worship, as I feel the Spirit of God moving.
I have cried out of disappointment in myself.
I have cried out of worry and fear for the young girls on Instagram that are cutting or suicidal.
I have cried out of desire.
I have cried out of frustration.
I have cried out of sheer, overwhelming hormones. 😛
I have cried out of confusion.
I have cried out of surprise.
I have cried out of love.
I have cried out of anger.
I have cried through movies.
I. Have. Cried.
Crying is a release, a way to peace. It brings us to our knees. It brings us back to God, back to where we belong. Have you noticed how sleepy you get after a good cry? Maybe that’s a sign of the rest that we need. We need to take a break. Take a break from worry, from fear, from frustration, from disappointment, from anger.
Go ahead, cry. I have Kleenex.