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Human Tears Are Older Than The Rain

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The Hidden Face of God – Finding the missing door to the father through lament

Author: Michael Card

If you think about it, teardrops and raindrops have a lot in common. The rain occurs when the clouds become oversaturated, usually in association with a change in pressure in the atmosphere. Tears occur when our souls become oversaturated with pan or joy. Somewhere inwardly, a pressure builds up, which is only released when our tears start to flow. Even as the ground is watered and nourished by the drops of rain, so it is time for us to wake up to the nourishment and healing power of tears. Those small salty drops that burn our eyes are as fundamental to life as food an air. They are a mystery that cannot be explained away.

Most of us do our best to hide our tears. We try to hold back the pressure when we sense it building in our hearts. We mistakenly believe that if we can control our tears then we can control the pain.

Jesus seems never to have done this. He is so exquisitely turned to His soul that whenever suffering appeared, His own or anyone else’s, Jesus wept. His tears come freely when He arrives on the scene of the death of His close friend Lazarus. This was not a weakness but one of His greatest strengths (John 11:35).

He weeps when He sees Jerusalem, knowing the extent of the destruction that is just around the corner (Luke 19:41)

He weeps for sorrow in the garden, confessing to His disciples that the sorrow is about to kill Him (Mark 14:34)

Jesus was no stranger to the mystery of tears. He never once hid his face when it ws wet with them. If He was to be fully human, then tears had to be a fundamental part of the incarnate experience for Him. Like you and me, the first sound Jesus made to show that He was alive was the sound of weeping.

And so, from Jesus we learn that in order for us to become complete, to become fully human, we must take tears more seriously. We must understand that following Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, will mean more tears for us, not less. Perhaps we should be reminded of all this every time we sense the pressure changing and experience the “tears of the sky,” realizing all along that our own tears are older and more fundamental.


God Often Speaks Through Silence

Author and Narrator – Jesse Stroup, Director of Spiritual Care – Dallas


Descent Into Darkness

Descent Into Darkness – Summary

Author and Narrator – David Martin, D.Min., Director of Spiritual Care – Tarrant County

Learning From Doris

Learning From Doris – I was impressed at her wit, her wisdom, and her deep love and compassion for other people, even those of other lands and cultures not her own. I was captivated by her desire to tell the stories of the plight of others, completely unconcerned about her own condition and health. I was taught not to see the disease, but the person, and to be focused on the moment. Listen and enjoy…


Author/Narrator: Dr. Tom Nuckels, Director of Spirtitual Care – Central Texas

Saying Goodbye…

Saying Goodbye Podcast – A story of family members and caregivers withdraw life support and saying their good byes. The grieving process is appsomber hospital roomarently difficult when observing the family overcome shock, watching them weep, listening to supportive conversation and discussion of details such as funeral arrangement, hearing them reminisce about the decease and finally come to a more relaxed state. Being present during this process to provide spiritual support through prayer, listening, and a comforting presence can be a blessing chaplains and volunteers meanwhile extremely emotional. Lifeline Chaplaincy’s ministry is a vital one and we thank our supporters for being a part of it.

Author/Narrator: Dr. Paul Riddle, Director of Spirtitual Care – Houston

Understanding How Perception Informs How People Cope With Illness and Loss

Each of us has a unique set of perceptions, based on our life experience, our upbringing, and many other factors.

Perception is when we understand, comprehend, and judge what one has gained through one’s senses. fb post 11.16.17 cont.

Perceiving is “the process of using the senses to acquire information about the surrounding environment or situation.

The interpersonal communication gap is the difference between the message you intend to communicate and the message that is actually received by another person. The ICG is influenced by the feelings, intentions, attitudes, and thoughts of both the speaker and the listener.

Narrowing the Interpersonal Communication Gap (ICG)

There are three primary communication modes used by people to transmit information from inside themselves to the external world.

  1. Words
  2. Tone of Voice
  3. Body Language

When receivers hear and see the speaker’s communication, they must decode that message and figure out its meaning.

Major ICG  occurs when the listener infers something different from what the speaker intends.

It is possible to decode different messages from the same encoded message.

Words do not mean the same thing to everyone.  (The same is true for tone of voice & body language. Connotations vary from individual to individual, and also from culture to culture.)

Awareness of the ICG allows:

  • More effective use of lag time. (We listen at a faster rate than we speak; lag time is the difference between the two rates.)
  • Reduction of errors in communication
  • A means of testing our perceptions for accuracy
  • Fewer errors in messages sent. We never reach perfection.