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It is OK to Cry!

John 11:35

Jesus wept.

RevRayWhen I was a child and fell down – my parents never gave me macho comments like – don’t cry – boys don’t cryget up and act like a man.  Too many boys who later became men are suffering from the macho image of boys and men not feeling emotion – not crying.  Too many wives come into pastor’s offices and therapist’s offices complaining of husbands who cannot express themselves emotionally.  I want to blame parents who try to get their little boys to stifle their emotions – their tears.

Now – too much emotion is not great either.  My emotions for instance can tend to get the best of me at times.  For instance – my first funeral I asked my father to the service so that he could take over if my emotions got the best of me.  I have been known to cry during funerals.  Some say I empathize with those who have lost loved ones – and to a degree that might be OK.  But at times I feel like my emotions are over the top.

An example of my emotions getting the best of me – I tear up watching Boy Meets World reruns from time to time.  I tear up watching Jimmy Stewart movies.  I had tears in my eyes watching the devastation in Oklahoma recently. Continue reading

June 3, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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