Job wept. David wept. Jeremiah wept. Even Jesus wept. They openly bared grief and pain for all to see. Not only for the eyes and ears of fellow man. More importantly, they lamented before God.
In our tears, we long for comfort. We find comfort in the Christmas story. God took on flesh and dwelled among us (John 1:14). As Eugene Peterson puts it, “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” We are reminded through the pages of Scripture, and the lives of faithful Christians, that God will show up anywhere and to anyone. He even shows up in our devastation and disappointment, fear and failure, tears and terror.
If you long for the hope, peace, joy, and love of Christmas – you don’t have to search. God was with Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph, and shepherds watching their flock at night. God is with you. Even in your tears.