Growing up I never saw my father cry. It was hard for me to show my emotions because I didn’t think that men were supposed to weep. Not that I thought that I was a man at 7, but I did think that I was in training to become one. I’m not sure what had happened that day but I was in my room crying. My mother had walked in and asked why I was crying and I couldn’t believe that she caught me doing that. How embarrassing that was to have my mother witness that. I told my mother that I should be strong and not so weak. I will never forget what my mother had told me that day. She said that only real men show their emotions and not bottle them up. I have always thought that being tough and strong was the only way to be a man. That day, however, made me feel a lot better. Later on, as I read through the Bible I came across a verse that touched my heart. It’s simple and very easy to remember, “Jesus Wept”, John 11:35. Even our Lord and savior weeps for us. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the bravest of us all and He weeps. Heavenly father thank you for us being able to have empathy for others and to be able to show our emotions. Thank you for turning us into the real men and women that we need to be to follow you. In Jesus’ precious name amen.
Published by Matthew, Karen, and God
Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives. View more posts