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This past year was a very different year and a hard year for many. For Christmas, we gave each of our grandchildren a special gift. Jim’s dad (Pop-Pop) had gone to Heaven in September. We had a special friend who made ten pillows from Pop-Pop’s shirts. We had a different pillow made from Pop-Pop’s collection of shirts that he wore regularly. When we gave the kids the pillows, we explained that they were a part of Pop-Pop’s life, and we wanted them to have them to hold onto, to hug, to be encouraged. Some of the older children cried when we told them this. We explained that it is okay to cry. Tears are good to clean out our eyes and ducts in our eyes. Tears also help to refresh our hearts. Tears show emotions from hurt, sadness, frustration, loneliness, fear, a broken heart, or even joy or excitement. God understands the emotion behind our tears. “Put thou my tears into thy bottle. Are they not in thy book” (Psa. 56:8)? In the Middle East, mourners cry and catch their tears in bottles and place them at the tomb of their loved ones. “And the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him” (Mal. 3:16). God sees all! He knows our struggles, hurts, disappointments, and situations we face daily. When we cry out to the Lord, He hears! He writes our tears in a book of remembrance. Sometimes when we are praying and can’t find the right words to say, tears run down our faces. That is okay! God sees our heart through our tears. There is a song we sang a long time ago, but it brings comfort to my heart. “Often you’ve wondered why tears come into your eyes. And burdens seem to be much more than you can stand. But God is near, He sees your falling tear. Tears are a language God understands. God sees the tears of a broken-hearted soul; He sees your tears and hears them when they fall.” Tears touch the heart of God. When you need help, go to Him! He understands all languages, even your talking, thinking, signing or crying. He knows and He cares! “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Go to Him – He’s waiting for you!

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