Parson’s Point: My Garden of Tears

My Garden of Tears

by John James Kirkwood

To live is to die a thousand deaths. To suffer a thousand heartbreaks. But He is here. He is with us. The God who knows our sleepless nights, who keeps our tears in a bottle has not forsaken us. The God who is present at the fall of every sparrow walks with us in our sorrow.

I can imagine a day when He’ll show us His collection of our tears. And there will be a vast barren land in front of us. And a nail-pierced hand will hand us a bottle and speak to us of it and we will open it and pour out our tears and each tear when it hits the ground will be a note and a great melody will spring forth. And our garden of tears will begin to bloom, colors and smells that we couldn’t begin to imagine, that cannot be captured even by the most vivid imagination.

And there will be different sections of our garden, and when each bottle is expended we will walk through it, and when we do, our memories will be stirred of the wounds that caused the tears. But now they only cause us to smile or to cry in a different way. This time they are tears of joy and of that serenity that only comes from understanding and contentment.

We will walk through tears of folly and we will laugh. We will stop in that corner of the garden that blooms our tears of anxiety for things that never came to be and we will shake our heads.

And through our tears of regret the wind will pick up and we will hear Psalms whisper through the trees. And finally, we will walk through that corner of the garden that is the most breathtaking, the most spectacular of all: The tears we have shed over the departed – over the death of loved ones.

And here the music will rise to a great crescendo, building with our every step, and we will begin to run with hands spread out, our fingers touching the flowers. Here will awaken a song of triumph for we will realize that we are running through a victory garden.

And suddenly we will see it, the empty tomb. And He will lead them forward. All of ours who have died in Christ will walk out of that wound singing the song of the Lamb:

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
He has ransomed us from the power of the grave; He has redeemed us from death: O death, He is thy plagues; O grave, He is thy destruction!

And suddenly we will notice that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, each with their own tear garden, all leading to the empty tomb.

And the fragrance of our prayers will fill the garden, and our symphony of tears will rise from an orchestra of every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, will be heard to sing, “Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”


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  23. みなさんが本当に親身になって相談に乗ってくれていることが本当にうれしくて癒されています(;_;)やはり昨日は帰ってきませんでした。予想していたこととはいえ、また振り出しにもどったような、長引くことになりそうな不安があります。一番上の子が小学校へあがったばかりや二番目の子の体調を崩している事など子供達の心配が大変な時期だけにへこたれそうですが、みなさんのアドバイスを真剣に考えてみようと思います。手紙やメール…いいですね!話だと変なほうにそれたり、逃げられたりしますもんね。まだ離婚はしたくありませんので、全面降伏?するのがいいんでしょうかね_| ̄|○今更ですが今回のきっかけはメールに会社の名前で登録されてる女の子とのやりとりを言おうとしたら『浮気なんてしたことない!勝手にケータイ見る奴と暮らせない!浮気なんてしてないけど、この家庭か外かだったら外を選ぶ!でていく!』という感じでした。以前からケータイにロックがかかっていましたが、子供が遊ばせてもらっていたためその時は解除されてたのでつい見てしまいました。その子と会おうと何度か誘い誘われしている内容でした。もしかしたらまだ体の関係はなかったのか…いやありえないような…とにかく問題は他にいっている気持ちですよね。ちなみにうちは子作り以外ではまったくしていません。仲は悪くなかったと思いますが、確かにわたしに相手を思いやる配慮がなかったし、ぶくぶく太って女としても努力をしていませんでした。ここ最近は食欲があまり無いので、痩せれるかもσ(^_^;)とにかく今回はなあなあで終わらせず時間をおいてみようかと思います。同時に万が一のために子供達を連れて生活できる様に考える事もしたいと思いますm(_ _)m

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  29. Como profesional y madre, observo con tristeza cómo hoy en día los padres y madres están dando una educación lastimosa a sus hijos: no les fomentan empatía, no les enseñan a respetarse ni a respetar a los demás, ya casi no existen los horarios, los chicos/as insultan a sus padres y no respetan su autoridad, son dependientes económicamente pero se sienten con derecho a hacer lo que les viene en gana… ¿Qué opinan Uds. de esto? ¿Por qué está ocurriendo? ¿Tan mala era la educación de nuestros padres y abuelos? ¿Qué soluciones ven?

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  37. Fascinating case, Catie. I agree that with so much material on this available you did a great job of condensing it. My heart breaks for those little boys and their families. Horrible crime! I was not familiar with this but I think I’ll try to find the documentaries. Thanks so much for all your research!

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  39. Im happy that the government cut money to a religious group. I don't really care what its agenda is or whether its anti-semetic or not. I dont want my tax dollars funding religion.Another hero of democracy: "I don't care if the government lies to us, as long as, in doing so, it accomplishes something I agree with."You're a one-note wonder, KC.

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  41. Ich war auch nie ein besonders gläubiger Mensch, aber was Papst Benedikt gestern über die Bedeutung des Karfreitags gesagt hat, hat mich tief beweg! Ich hab einige Auszüge aus der Rede aufgeschrieben, die in den Nachrichten übergangen wurden:

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  44. Davvero suggestive. Bellissime. Inquiete anche. Infatti io a dormirci davanti non so se ci andrei. Una storia che non avevo mai sentito. Dovrò approfondire.Grazie per la segnalazione.

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  47. Oh boy, Eric! This [the 2012 Spring Report] is just fabulous. It puts all the work struggle and strife I’ve been going through into perspective. You’ve made it so clear to me how to proceed now. And you’ve boosted my faith, spirit and confidence no end. Thank you so very much for your gifts and generosity. You’ve made my soul sing — again!Much love,Liz xxx

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