Weep with Those Who Weep


Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
- Romans 12:15

Those Who Weep. Sometimes I feel like that's my Indian name, have you ever felt that way?

I've read plenty about those with our conditions needing people to fulfill this scripture in their interactions with us. We all know how desperately important it is for us to feel validated in our struggles, and how that can lead to such immense emotional healing. What I want to write about today is something that I sometimes struggle with.

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Sometimes I struggle with weeping with those who weep.

Have you ever been there? Sometimes my struggles are so very deep, so immensely painful, so unabashedly chronic that I feel like others' problems pale in comparison. It hard to work up a good cry over Suzy's hangnail, ya know what I mean?

Now don't get me wrong, I don't always feel this way. But when someone is complaining of having to cook supper tonight when all I pray for some days is for the energy to cook a meal for my family again, or when someone says something like, “I can't take this anymore” just because they've been cooped in the house with a cold for 2 days.... 2 days, when it's been 20 for me... it's really difficult not to scoff. Really. Difficult.

But I'm not called to scoff. I'm not challenged to compare. I'm not driven to judge. The above scripture applies just as much to me as it does toward me from others.

I am called to share the yoke. I am challenged to listen with a Godly heart. I am called to take at face value and react in kind.

Today I am working on changing my attitude. Today, and every day from this point on, I will be weeping with those who weep. For hangnails or cancer diagnoses, for overfull schedules and weary fighters. Each broken moment is significant to God. And it will be significant to me.

Father, please forgive me for my sometimes callous attitude and my tendency to compare. Change me, Lord, as only you can. In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. - Romans 12:15


The definition of “rejoice” includes to gladden, take delight, revel and glory in. Wow! I know this is the way I want others to feel when I share good news with them! Is this how I feel when they share their good news with me?

Sometimes chronic illness can make life feel very unfair. Those with disability can feel like our blessings are outnumbered by those blessings of folks who take things for granted.

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Everyday little normal things that would be miracles to us are treated as mundane by those who are healthy and busy, and it can make us bitter sometimes.

When others share their joys and the joy is something we ourselves wish we could experience, it can be hard not to react with hurt, sadness, and even anger.

What we fail to realize is that by commanding us to rejoice with those who rejoice, God has actually ensured a great blessing for us. If we will obey, we will find that we can experience those joys for ourselves! We can participate in those blessings vicariously. And perhaps we will even help the joyful to see what blessings those seemingly mundane moments are. It's a win-win when we rejoice with those who rejoice.

Anything less would mean that I am looking at their good fortune through a lens of envy. Less than rejoicing with those who rejoice is petty, it is selfish, and it is sinful. I wish to be none of those things.

From now on, I'm aiming higher!

 

Dear God, thank You for the possibilities You provide to us by ensuring that we rejoice with those who rejoice. Please help me not to let any of them pass by! In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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