Posted in The Christian Women

The Shape of Your Tears


What shape is a teardrop? Can its shape preach a sermon? A couple months ago, one of the godly women I read after posted something using Psalm 126:5 in a new way.

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy – Psalm 126:5

We’ve heard this verse used as an encouragement to get a burden for lost people and then tell them about Jesus. When we water our witness with tears, there will be a harvest.

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:6

But Holley Gerth had a different sort of epiphany when she realized seeds are shaped much like tears. Read about this in her June 22, 2016 post here.

She talked about resisting tears because of what happens once we let go and allow our emotions to shine through. The darkness and ugliness of a situation out of our control. Waiting and watching and hoping.

Yet all those things are requirements before anything new can grow.

Tears of sorrow must be shed before grief can wane and make way for happiness.

Tears of regret when shed with a spirit of repentance will lead to a life lived in freedom, without regrets.

Tears of joy may offer a sign to someone else that letting go of the emotions they’re holding might not be as bad as they fear.

Tears shed over a broken loved one can make our heart tender enough and our ears receptive enough that the Holy Spirit can show us how to minister to that brokenness. With words of comfort or words of life.

Tears are seeds that say goodbye to the past and open the door to something new.

What shape are your tears taking? Don’t be afraid to let them fall.




Freelance writer and editor whose background in education and BA in English Language & Literature amps her love of all things books. Twenty years of parenting and 26 of marriage gives unique insight to her preferred audiences of women, young adults, and teenagers.

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