Thursday, 5 September 2019
Luke 6:21b Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
Weeping is a sign of emotional overload. It may be through grief, laughter, relief, shock or other trauma - something that causes the body to show physical symptoms of overload. It may be spontaneous, it may come on some while after the trigger event, or it may last for some time. In the case of grief or mourning, it may occur in episodes for days, months or - occasionally - even years. It is a very profound coping mechanism, wasting - as it appears to do - precious body fluids to no other obvious purpose.
The Bible records only once that Jesus wept. It was when He saw the tomb of His friend, Lazarus. Even though He knew that He was about to raise Lazarus from death, He still wept as He experienced emotional overload at knowing that Lazarus had died and the distress of his sisters. A powerful moment of empathy.
Yet only days later, Jesus would have joined in the laughter around the table as He shared in the hospitality of the family now reunited. He promises us the same: that although we may weep now (for whatever reason), we will laugh and rejoice in the kingdom of God.