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Woman, Why Are You Weeping?
Today’s Reading: Revelation 21:1–7

 
 

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
(v. 4 ESV)

 

After casually mentioning that I had no way to play my records, a friend gave me a record player. My kids and I crowded around this “piece of history” and listened to a recording made by my father’s band several years before he passed away. The moment mixed sweetness and sadness—I mourned my dad and yet recalled the promise of heaven.

After Jesus’s resurrection, Mary Magdalene faced her own season of sadness and doubt, and “stood weeping outside the tomb” (John 20:11). Jesus appeared to her and asked, “Woman, why are you weeping?” (John 20:15).

With that one question, Jesus met Mary in her despair, inviting her to bring the grief to Him. His love for us is the same: He offers to be present in our place of sorrow, pain, and difficulty. Our tears matter to Him.

It’s the promise of the manger, the promise of the cross, the promise of the empty tomb: God is with us. Christmas promises us Christ’s presence and, because of Jesus’s death and resurrection, we have the hope of forever with Him. Even in seasons of tears, He brings His power right into the midst of our brokenness, offering us the comfort of His presence.

 
Heather C. King
 
 
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