“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes”
Revelation 21:4 (KJV)
When many of us as children were taken to the doctor’s office for an injection or some other unwanted procedure, we would become frightened. Perhaps our parents would urge us not to cry and promise us a reward for being brave. When I had my tonsils removed I was promised all the ice cream I could eat. That was a great treat we only enjoyed on special occasions.
In parts of western society crying has been seen as a weakness, especially when a man cries. We allow women to weep and it is acceptable, but from childhood boys are told, “Men do not cry.” The idea was that if we boys wished to prove we were grown up we would not cry. Imagine if an actor like Clint Eastwood had a crying part in one of his movies such as Dirty Harry. It would ruin his image of a tough man in seconds.
Yet most of us, men and women, have had occasions when we wept and did not try to hold back the tears. Well meaning friends may urge us to stop crying, but it does not matter to us in the pain of our new situation.