The Upper Room Daily Devotional 20 September 2022: Cleansing Tears

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Read The Upper Room Daily Devotional 20 September 2022 Message by Suzanne Montgomery (Indiana, USA)

TOPIC: Cleansing Tears

TODAY’S READING
Matthew 5:1-12

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. – Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

The Upper Room Daily Devotional 20 September 2022 MESSAGE

I sat in a rocking chair on the front porch of our farmhouse watching the rain drench my garden as a storm moved across the cornfields. Almost immediately the air cooled, and the ground soaked up much-needed rain. Even though the rainfall interrupted my outdoor plans, I knew it offered the earth necessary nourishment.

Earlier in the day I was in church singing an old familiar hymn. The words touched the fresh grief in my soul over the recent death of my sister. My tears rushed forth, replacing my repressed anger with renewed hope and cleansing my soul. Though death had claimed my sister, she now rests in the arms of Jesus, healed and whole.

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The Bible tells us that the Lord bottles our tears (see Ps. 56:8). The Lord cares for us in our grief and comforts us as we mourn. Someday there will be no need for tears of sorrow as we reunite with our loved ones in heaven. But for now, I want my tears to wash me clean of the bitterness that clings to me as I witness the world’s suffering. I hold fast to God’s promise to right all these wrongs. Then, one day Jesus will return to cleanse the earth, making everything new — and we’ll witness all of God’s creation healed and whole once more.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Thank you, Lord, for the rain that nourishes the earth and the tears that cleanse our hearts. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Through my tears God opens my heart to healing.

PRAYER FOCUS
People living under drought conditions

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The Upper Room Daily Devotional 20 September 2022 Message. The Upper Room is a daily devotional magazine published in more than 30 languages and 100 countries around the world. The daily meditations are written by readers of the magazine and others interested in sharing their faith experiences through writing—both laity and clergy, published authors and new writers. Read More