A small flame

A small flame

when each tear is redeemed

I recently read the book When God Weeps; why our suffering matters to the Almighty by Joni Eareckson Tada & Steve Estes. I found myself transfixed by the thoughts she shared on these two verses:

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


2 Corinthians 4:17
For this light momentary affliction
is working out for us an eternal weight of glory
beyond all comparison

Joni writes:

It's not merely that heaven will be wonderful in spite of our anguish; it will be wonderful because if it. Suffering serves us. A faithful response to affliction accrues weight of glory. A bounteous reward. God has every intention of rewarding your endurance. Why else would he meticulously chronicle every one of your tears?

Every tear you've cried - think of it - will be redeemed. God will give you indescribable glory for your grief. Not with a general wave of his hand, but in a considered and specific way. Each tear has been listed; each will be recompensed.

Each and every tear specifically redeemed by the Father..... isn't that an amazing thought? It reminded me of this song which never fails to leave me face turned up & arms lifted in worship. May you find grace to worship him - with hope! - in your unredeemed places today.


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