When my girls fell and skinned their knees, and cried great tears of pain, I was there. I would hold them tightly and kiss them. I would tell them it would be all better soon, that they had the strength to carry on, and I would wipe away their tears.
When someone hurts my girl's feelings, and they cry heavy tears of sorrow, I am there. I hold them tightly and kiss them. I tell them truth and that they will feel joy again soon and I wipe away their tears.
When they disobey and get in trouble, and their hearts are so desperately sorry and they cry repentant tears, I am there. I hold them tightly and kiss them. I tell them they are forgiven, they are loved, and I wipe away their tears.
I am their Mom. I know they will face hurts and hardships and though I may not always be able to fix the problem or when there are times, for good reason, I choose not to resolve a problem for them, I want them to know I am there. I will be with them and comfort them and wipe away the tears.
When my heart aches as I learn of a beloved friend's diagnosis of cancer, or when grief over the previous loss of a loved one rises up again, or when distressing news comes that another beloved friend's son, after multiple surgeries and health concerns, needs yet another surgery, or when another shares the sad news that their marriage is coming to and end, God is there. (Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for I - the Lord your God - am with you wherever you go! Joshua 1:9)
When the hurt feels like too much, God is my comfort. (Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4)
And when great, heavy tears of sorrow fall from my eyes, I hold on to the promise that one day God will wipe away every tear from my eyes; there will be NO more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be NO more pain, for these things will pass away. God shall make all things new! Revelation 21:4
My good Heavenly Father holds me tightly, His strength shall give me joy again, He gives me truth, He is near and He will wipe away every tear!