Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Shepastor: "In Honor of Mothers..."

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.
Psalm 56:8, NLT

This past Sunday, we celebrated “Mother’s Day…” a day set aside to pay tribute to individuals who have loved, encouraged, nurtured, raised and “given life” to others. Mother’s Day, however can be a mixed bag. For some, it is a day filled with tears as they grieve children never born, children miscarried, children gone too soon, children plagued by drugs, alcoholism, prison, mental illness, etc.

Some are grief stricken because of the loss of their own mother. Yes, this day is a mixed bag. But for every tear, for every disappointment, for every broken dream, heart, relationship and spirit, God sees our tears. The psalmist says that they are “collected in God’s bottle” and recorded.

Collectors, in general “collect” that which is precious to them. Our tears are precious to God. I believe that our tears will be used to water many gardens…many of which we may never be aware. Psalm 126: 6 declares,
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

That which has been cultivated within you through tears is precious. Your tears have produced “precious seed” that in time to come will bring forth a harvest and great joy. God sees your “tossings” as one version says, and is collecting your tears in a bottle. God has recorded your struggles in a book. God has not forgotten you.

As you continue to “put one foot in front of the other,” press through this season of pain through prayer and faith. Your story is still unfolding. Your tears will water many gardens. May you witness much of the harvest with joy.

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Until next Wednesday,
In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,
Pastor Chris


  1. Rev. Smith, thank you. I needed that.
    Rev. Shields

  2. Rev. Smith, thank you. I needed that.