I had a good cry this morning


Because of fatigue

and chronic pain

and sadness over small stuff


And after all the tears

and pouring out my heart

to husband listening


I felt better


Not wonderful,

but better


And then I read a post

from my friend Sandy

about tears


And it got me to thinking….


About emotion

and expression

and pain in this life


And I think

that tears are a gift


They cleanse

and show depth

and express


the heart


And I also thought

of how we not only cry

when sad or in pain


but with joy


How closely related

pain and joy

really are


How water flows

out of the windows

to the soul


and that is how

we deeply show

the pains and the joys

of life here


But when we arrive

in heaven

all those tears will be gone


The pain will be gone

death will be gone

sadness will be gone


And even our tears of joy

will be gone


For all will be contentment

all of the time


No need for moments

of sheer joy


ALL will be joy


But for now

tears are a gift


A show

of what is



A river

of pain and joy


– Susie Stewart


On the subject of tears: God gave us the ability to cry for a reason — so if you feel sad and feel like crying — do so and do so as long as you can —- let every last tear fall – don’t repress them —- tears are the way God heals our hearts —- and afterwards you feel very refreshed — kind of like a good rain after a long dry spell. Oh, and never ever tell someone not to cry — so damaging to the spirit!  And don’t say “I am sorry you are sad” —- sadness is a natural human emotion and nothing to feel shame about!
I had a good cry on Thursday and I felt so good and joyful afterward. I will be missing my Drew coming down from Boulder this Thanksgiving —- He can not come down from heaven but I can go up — and what a glorious day that will be!
Psalm 126:8 Those who sow in tears will reap songs of joy —– and that is exactly what happened!

– Sandy Marthaler 


Thank you, Sandy, for your beautiful post!  ❤


Then I saw a new Heaven and a new earth, for the first Heaven and the first earth had disappeared and the sea was no more. I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride dressed in beauty for her husband. Then I heard a great voice from the throne crying, “See! The home of God is with men, and He will live among them. They shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death shall be no more, and never again shall there be sorrow or crying or pain. For all those former things are past and gone.”

– Revelation 21:3-5 (PHILLIPS)


Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.

– Psalm 126:5 (NLT)


Jesus burst into tears.

– John 11:35 (ISV)


David got up from his hiding place beside the boulder, then fell on his face to the ground—three times prostrating himself! And then they kissed one another and wept, friend over friend, David weeping especially hard.

Jonathan said, “Go in peace! The two of us have vowed friendship in God’s name, saying, ‘God will be the bond between me and you, and between my children and your children forever!’”

– 1 Samuel 20:41,42 (MSG)


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  1. Chelsea L Walker November 21, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Susie: I needed this tonight as it is a little after 10:30pm in Fairbanks, AK and I just got the call that my mom passed away. I cried of course but what you wrote really helped me let it out. My mom is with her Lord and Savior now and I know I will see her again someday. I don’t know how those without the Lord make it through these times. God Bless you for your ministry. Your mom and I went to High School together at King’s Garden. I am grateful you beat cancer and what a fighter you were. You were an inspiration to me when I was fighting it also. Love in Christ, Chelsea (Goold) Walker 11-20-16


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