Many of us probably have several events in our past that bring tears to our eyes whenever we are reminded of them. My first sad memory is spending almost the entire decade of the 80’s looking for a Cabbage Patch doll for Meredith. Then there was the time I finished putting together a baby bed and realized one side was upside down.  Another sad time was the day I told my son he could have a hamster. Of course the worst was when I gave Meredith a dead pig with yarn on it and told her it was a Cabbage Patch doll.  

We all have special movies that bring us to tears just by thinking about them. Some past favorites (depending on your age) might include Casablanca, Love Story, ET, The Fox and the Hound, Ghost, and The Lion King.  It could be The Sands of Iwo Jima, because John Wayne dies at the end. I am thrilled one particular movie was never released – Bambi and Old Yeller Board the Titanic.

Scientists have discovered that the ability to form tears is one of the many characteristics that separate us from animals. Other differences include humans being able to build up an immunity to the overhyped mediocrity of most of the halftime shows  of the last 20 Super Bowls. The exceptions, of course, would be Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga (bad name, great voice). A somewhat overlooked difference is the ability of the human male to totally tune out the female while she attempts to tell him about her day.

Scientists also believe tears were first noticed when one of the early descendants of Adam invented fire. (Although Adam was always on the hot seat we do not believe he invented fire.) Of course once his people learned the concept of starting a fire with sticks instead of their fingers the tears went away . . . until the wives came home and discovered their husbands would rather set their fingers on fire than talk to them. Scientists do agree tears are healthy and we all need an occasional cry. I usually just listen to Barry Manilow CD’s.

It is okay to cry – even for men. Does the shortest verse in the King James Version of the Bible ring a bell? ”Jesus wept” (John 11:35.) God created us as emotional people. We may have those days when we cry a big river of tears. We could be  from anywhere in America, whether it be Alabama, Kansas, Boston, or Chicago.  We could even be  a Foreigner from Nazareth. He always provides a Bridge over Troubled Water to the other side.        

At one time or another we will go through Dire Straits, battle with Temptations on our Journey, or shed a lot of Blood, Sweat, and Tears over a personal issue. But because of God  who sent us the Bread of Life (His Son) so we could share the Music of Life (His love), we can sing with The Byrds and soar with the Eagles.   

God can revive us during our most discouraging times. Have we forgotten the last part of the Great Commission? It says “and lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.” If we are having a Three Dog Night, God can send us a Creedence Clearwater Revival. No matter how difficult the circumstances, all we really need to do is believe in the Son and Cher His Music.

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