Has someone hurt your feelings? Are your children doing things you know you taught them NOT to do? Maybe your job stinks, or worse, you need a job.  Is someone you love going through a difficult time? Does your marriage feel insecure? Do you feel trapped in your circumstances? Experiencing troubling health issues? Scared about the future? Feel unloved, insignificant, and unseen?

Cry.

Let it out. Quit pretending everything is fine. Drop the brave disguise. Let the disappointment or regret or heartbreak surface. Let the tears flow and cry. Sob if you need to.

Can’t find the right place or right time to cry?  Just do it.

In the kitchen while loading the dishwasher. The bathroom is a good place. In the car or on a walk in the neighborhood. Even at work or school.

Don’t worry about others noticing your tears and sniffles and puffy eyes.

An amazing, beautiful thing will happen when you choose to reveal yourself. Your transparency will invite support and encouragement. A moment of compassion or understanding, a reassuring touch, a word of hope, a note from someone who’s been there. All of us want to know…..we need to know that we’re not alone. The comfort you receive from others will help you bear your trial and you’ll get to return the favor sooner than you think.

 

Praise be to God……the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 

 2 Corinthians 1:3-5