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Wipe Every Tear From Their Eyes

Revelation 21:4

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

112015 Ray McDonaldIf you know me – you know that I am an emotional person.  Growing up I found out early that I was an emotional person.  It didn’t take much to make me cry.  It also didn’t take much to make me angry.  I could get hot in a second – but thankfully – I could also release my emotions and level off quickly.

As I aged – I grew to control my anger – most times – but my tears came to flow more freely it seems.  I remember my maternal grandmother passing and how I cried at the family viewing time.  My cousin – same age – laughed at me for crying and his father took him by the scruff of the neck out of the room.  He came back in and told me – look – I’m crying too.  I guess it takes more to make some cry than others – lol. Continue reading

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Wipe Every Tear From Our Eyes

Revelation 21:4

He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

profileI’ve confessed this before on my blog page – I’m a crier. It doesn’t take much for me to shed tears. I was watching Frozen with my granddaughter recently and the tension between the sisters – the loneliness they both experienced – brought tears to my eyes. I wasn’t bawling – like I have for some other shows or events in my life – but tears came to my eyes none-the-less.

I could bore you with a long list of things that make me cry – like I’ll breakdown and cry when I think of my dad who passed 20 months ago – I’ll cry every year when I watch It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart – I’ll cry when a video on Facebook has a touching story.  I’ve been known to cry when a person trying out for one of those singing shows does very well and their story is touching.  I could go on-and-on.  Hi – I’m Ray – I’m a crier!

Today’s passage brings me hope that someday – my tears will end. I am comfortable with my tears most of the time – realizing that I just have a sensitive side – emotions that are raw at times – but the idea of wiping every tear from my eyes is appealing. Continue reading

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No More Tears

Revelation 21:4

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

profileGrowing up I found out early one that I was an emotional person.  It didn’t take much to make me cry and it didn’t take much to make me angry.  I could get hot in a second – but thankfully I could also release my emotions and level off quickly.

As I aged I grew to control my anger – most times – but my tears came to flow more freely it seems.  I remember my maternal grandmother passing and how I cried at her funeral.  My cousin – same age – laughed at me for crying and his father took him by the scruff of the neck out of the room.  He came back in and told me look – I’m crying too.  I guess it takes more to make some cry than others – lol. Continue reading

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There Will Be No More Tears

Revelation 21:4

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

I use this passage at funerals – most of the time.  I believe many clergy do as well.  It speaks of a hope – it speaks of a promise.  Every tear will be wiped away – there will be no more tears!

Many Americans – sadly not all – went to or will go to the polls today – if they didn’t vote early.  We will be casting votes in hopes of a better tomorrow – whether it will be four more years of the current administration or a new administration for the next four.  We will vote on issues like the definition of marriage – gambling – college tuition for illegal immigrants – and more – all in the hopes that there will be a better tomorrow.  Promises have been made by many for a better tomorrow.

Chances are – whoever is elected – things won’t change that much – either more of the same – or another administration finding out how hard it is to make change.  Chances are promises will go unfulfilled – whoever is elected.  Sorry to burst your bubble.

Recently my father died (haven’t made reference to that for some time now).  I have cried numerous times – most recently watching a scene from the DVD at the Art of Marriage seminar.  I have found myself weeping uncontrollably at times.  My mom is still weepy at times – as well she should be – with her life partner not here for her anymore.  But I can say without doubt that my father has not shed a tear.  The promise is that when we arrive in the New Jerusalem – God will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.  This is a promise that will be kept.  I for one look forward to joining my father some day in the promised land – where NO promise will go unfulfilled.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 6, 2012 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | | Leave a comment

   

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