Tears on my neck are an unusual occurrence, but that’s what happened during church yesterday. It was my first Father’s Day without my daddy and the beautiful worship music, especially “Healing is in His Hands”, moved my heart mightily. The emotion leaked out of my eyes, down my cheek, and onto my neck.
I regained my composure for a while, until Ryan M played and sang “Blessings” by Laura Story (Her entire “Blessings” album is AWESOME! Have you heard it yet?)
He didn’t know it, but we had played this beautiful song as accompaniment to a slide show about daddy’s life and photography at the conclusion of his funeral last week.
During Bible study yesterday, it was my day to teach. I was so thankful that we looked into the Bible together at the story of the raising of Jesus’ friend, Lazarus in John 11. In the context of the story is the shortest verse of the Bible: Jesus wept (John 11:35)
Have you every paused to consider all these two little words tell us about the LORD? He was 100% God and 100% man, He felt empathy and sympathy, He knows what tears taste like, He knows the physical reaction within the body when we cry (because He lived in a human body). He cried with His friends Mary and Martha and the Jewish friends who were grieving along side these weeping sisters.
Those two little comfort me immeasurably in my loss.
I am so thankful for God’s providence that scheduled me to teach on this passage on the very day I needed to hear it— my first Father’s Day without my sweet father.
I am also thankful that God knows how tears feel— especially the ones that roll from the eyes, down the cheek, and come to rest on the neck. He know because HE wept.