Wednesday, August 18, 2010


When i got pregnant with Cairo, i couldn't go to church without sobbing through the entire service.
It was embarrassing & humbling.
i wondered if the condition was permanent & i decided that if in a broken state of love was where my Father wanted me, then that's where i would be - & i started to remember to bring kleenex.
After she was a couple of months old, we moved, attended a different church & maybe it was the distraction of my little one & the change in scenery, but i managed to keep composed for the services - for a season.
Until a different season hit - one of grief - & i found that every time i met with my Father - i cried. It wasn't necessarily in church - but mostly at my piano bench. Neil bought me a big old upright piano the summer we got married. i reupholstered the bench with (did you guess?) butterfly fabric - & though the timbre of the music i played was musty & rumbly - like from an ancient church instrument - i loved my piano & played constantly.
Sometimes i didn't want to cry. So i avoided meeting with my Father. His Word, my worship, Communion with the One who loves me most - made me weep. & sometimes - it exhausted me.
i didn't use to be one who cried. Passionate, yes. Crying, no... but i was changing.
& so it has gone over the past decade and more - seasons of joy, sorrow, confusion, love, gratitude, worship... that brought the tears.
i guess it eventually broke me, 'cause they come so freely and easily now. i've become used to weeping when i sing of God's Goodness. In my 30's i know that my tears are an offering of Praise to the One who 'delivers me from death & my feet from stumbling'. They're no longer an embarrassment - they're an outward sign of my devotion to my King...
& i'm ok with that.

8You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.
psalm 56:8


Misty said...

I remember being very emotional as a teenager when I really seemed to be closer in my relationship with the Lord. I find that now as an adult with the distractions of life, I don't cry as easy about the things of the Lord. It's something that has really bothered me and I have been asking the Lord to bring back that closeness with Him.

The Nieboer News said...

I can totally relate to this post! Glad I'm not the only out there that offers 'tears' as a form of worship!

Lori-Dawn said...

sigh me too!! lol
I'm ok with it too now, but I've found that music and dance just plain move me to tears, especially in worship

mamazee said...

i cried a lot when i was pg with Wyatt - i also had a lot of prophetic dreams - i think part of it was that his spirit affected mine. Does that seem too out there? I am so much more sensitive (in every sense of the word) when i am pg...


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