Tear Catchers

He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him                                 Isaiah 53:3

We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love.

Sigmund Freud

“We are all in this together”.

Maybe that is the best way to sum up the stuff we go through in life. Pain, in some form, is inevitable. Physical pain, emotional pain, even spiritual pain- we have all experienced it. That is why reaching out to others in our time of grief and pain is so important. It is the common human experience.

Part of my job as a counselor is to be a “tear catcher”. That is a metaphor for being available to people in a time of grief and pain. Actually, people centuries ago would have little glass vials in which they collected tears of grieving individuals. When the tears evaporated, the time of grieving was said to be over.

So much for that theory!

The point is, at any given time, we are all “tear catchers” for those we care about. We are all acquainted with grief and pain, and to the extent that we can be available for one another at those hard times, the more human we feel. We are in a fellowship together.

Jesus was a man acquainted with grief. It was by his own decision that he made himself human and shared in the humanity of suffering. He did it to set us free, ultimately. He loves us and wants to set us free. Meanwhile, we do that for one another while we occupy this planet.

So, count it a high calling when you can be a “tear catcher”. That is when you can feel the most human, and the most in touch with God as his ambassador on earth.

Prayer: Lord, help us to understand that comforting others in pain is our own healing, Amen

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