He Shall Wipe Away All Tears

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Special thanks to Jack Kauffman for this guest post.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes…Revelation 21:4

Are you one who weeps easily?  Who sheds a tear at the least provocation?  Our granddaughter, Alana, just two months old is a “screamer”.  She wrinkles her little face into a contortion and then bellows at the top of her lungs, and she doesn’t stop until either her anger is released or her energy dissipates-and all this for no apparent reason. Yet despite all of her apparent anguish, a tear never slips from her tightly squinted eyes.  I hadn’t noticed this until my wife, Ann, pointed it out to me and reminded me that an infant’s tear ducts do not develop and are not functional until he or she reaches a certain age.

While we can’t put a finger on the cause of Alana’s sorrow at this tender age (her diaper’s dry, she gets plenty to eat and seems to have all of her needs taken care of.) there will eventually be plenty in this little one’s life over which to shed perhaps a bucket of tears, for we are “born to trouble as the sparks fly upward,” as Job reminds us. Sorrow is a dog at our heals throughout our earthly life.

Some tears are, of course, welcome.  We may weep when we hear an old, familiar hymn, when the Word of God strikes our heart in a certain way over a familiar passage or when we are blessed by the kindness of another person.  Most of the time, however, our tears are equated with trouble and grief.  We can take heart, though.  The Lord promises two times in the book of Revelation that He will “wipe every tear from their (our) eyes” when everything is made perfect; when The Kingdom is established (Revelation7:17 and 21:4).

I have often used this verse to comfort the bereaved in a card of sympathy over the death of a loved one or during some other hard situation. It should be, however, a reminder to all of us who call upon His name of the future that awaits the follower of the Man from Galilee; a future when, like Alana, we will have no tears.  But it will be far better, for the sorrow that causes those tears will be done away with for all eternity.

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