A Good Cry

This upcoming Sunday, along with many congregations around the world, we will observe All Saints' Day at Grace UMC. The names of loved ones who have passed away within the past year are read, candles lit, bells rung, and Holy Communion served. There are two basic reactions that I hear to this annual sequence: "This is just so depressing" or "This is one of my favorite services of the year." Why are there two such different reactions to one worship service? I think it's because both extremes are true. Remembering death can lead to feelings of depression. Celebrating the hope of a feast that is to come does make for a fabulous worship service.

All Saints' Day is a day in which all of these emotions, from one extreme to another, come together in worship. People cry comfortably, knowing that others are crying, too. There is peace in a community of tears. If only we could realize that a good cry is not and should not be confined to All Saints' Day. In Revelation 7:17b, we hear the timeless promise that "God will wipe away every tear from their eyes," and we often think of it as the day that we exit the earthly life and enter the heavenly kingdom. But the promises of Revelation are for us today as well. God can only wipe away the tears and comfort us if we allow the tears flow.

Today, whether it's All Saints' Day or another, let the tears go when they need to go. Have a good cry, for a good cry is one that invites the hands that separated water from land to separate the waters of our eyes from our souls that have held them for too long. When you're done crying, celebrate that today is the best day of the year-- because it is.

grace, peace, love, and all good stuff to each of you--
Pastor Darian