It’s Christmas time, and while the message of Christmas is comfort and joy, it never ceases to amaze how many people spend Christmas in reflection upon life’s tough stuff. They reluctantly remember:

Losing a spouse…

The child that has gone astray…

The money problems…

The son who is still in Iraq…

Try as they might, Christmas is just tough for them…

Washington Irving said, "There is a sacredness
in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak
more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of
overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love."

As wonderful as that quote is…I prefer Psalms 56:8, where the Psalmist thanks God: "You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? "

If this is a tough season for you, remember that God knows, and God cares. That may not take the tears away, but it is something. In fact, it may prove to be more than just enough.


Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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