Words of Hope: Tears

In our early years of marriage, Shann rarely felt anger, never cried, never had much emotion at all. He lived with a consistently cheerful attitude. He never appeared bothered. However, he didn’t have access to his full range of emotions.

Then one day, my friend Bettina from Germany surprised me by flying to the states for my birthday. I hadn’t seen her for almost a year. We both immediately burst into tears of joy, hugging each other, delighted by this reunion. Profoundly touched by our greeting, Shann realized he wanted to have this ability to welcome someone fully. Shann is a champion of love; he believes in love with all his soul. When he saw this immediate display full of love and gratitude, the moment changed him.

This awareness helped Shann slowly open the door of his emotions long closed. He began the desire to be a person who cries. My Dad also had this journey from stone-faced to a man who could cry when needed. I am thankful he was able to help Shann on the journey to tears. Tears reveal the health of a soul. Victor Hugo wrote, “Dry eyes are the sign of a dead soul.”

“Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.” – 1 Peter 5:14