I was cleaning this afternoon, discarding some of the material I had accumulated over the years, when I came across some interesting articles that I had saved from the Bits of Sonshine newsletter.  I started to read them and was blessed.  This one, by Gospel Tract Harvester, really touched my heart…


by Gospel Tract Harvester

The measure of one’s soul is the things that make us weep.  Esau wept for the loss of his heritage.  Delilah wept to make Samson tell her his secret.  Hezekiah wept because he was about to die. David wept for Absalom.  The scarlet woman wept at the feet of Jesus for her sins, and Peter wept because he had denied his Lord.  Jesus wept over a lost and doomed city.  Tears may be the most selfish or the most saintly things in the world.

Little Janie came into her house and told her mother that her friend Susie had dropped her doll and that it had broken.  “Did you help her fix it?”  Janie’s mother asked.  “No, we couldn’t fix it.” replied Janie.  “But I helped her cry.”

Although we are not able to fix up the brokenness in the lives of the people we know, we should be able to help them cry.  If we do not enter into their suffering, if we do not really feel their troubles, we will not be able to help them.  But if we see it as though it might have happened to us, if we wade into their tears until we are heart deep in them, we will likely find ourselves helping people in their times of deep down trouble.  And when we are able to help bear their problems, the likelihood is that we will be able to help them come to know the Heavenly Father.

In a house of ill fame lay a poor, diseased woman.  Different Christian workers visited her and spoke to her of her soul’s need, but to no avail.  Finally a woman who was especially interested and burdened went to see her.  As she stood by the bedside of the poor creature and told of the way of life, tears streamed down her cheeks and one fell upon the cheek of the poor woman. Somehow, that day her heart was broken up and she was gloriously saved. Later someone asked her what it was that touched her heart.  She replied, “The tear did it.”

We do not know the load our neighbor may be carrying.  We see a heroic soul wearing a smile but we do not know the crown of thorns he may be wearing on his heart or the burdens he has to bear.

Lord save us from coldness and professionalism and give us broken hearts of love for a lost world.  It is true that tears are not always the test, but many a sincere tear has touched a soul for Christ.

Isaiah 25:8He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.

2 thoughts on ““BUT I HELPED HER CRY”

  1. So true what you say Tami.

    Also, we are told in Romans 12:15 to “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”

    We may not be able to change a thing in a sorrowful situation but we can weep alongside a suffering soul. And oftentimes weeping, or a warm embrace, will comfort more than mere words ever could. The day of my father’s funeral … what I remember most, what stands out in my mind the most, what comforted me the most, (after God’s Word of course) are the moments that my believing friends shared my grief by putting their arms around me and hugging me.

    Lord save us from coldness and professionalism and give us broken hearts of love for a lost world. It is true that tears are not always the test, but many a sincere tear has touched a soul for Christ.



  2. We’re often so afraid of tears…of our own and others’ too. Our tears are expressions of hearts broken over our sin and the sin of others. Matthew 5:4: Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Our Saviour wept at Lazarus’ grave and over hard-hearted Jerusalem. Paul wept over those who’d made themselves “enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil 3:18). Why should we be ashamed to shed tears over those things that grieve the very heart of God?
    It is humbling to cry, and that is often what endears us to others. I have felt closer to my sisters in Jesus after we all cry together over our friend who is dying of cancer, or as we reflect on our own humanity and desperate need of Christ.
    Only in Jesus is the meaning and answer to our tears. Isaiah prophesied of Him: “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” (Isa 61:1-3)


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