Do you know yet how much Abba-Father cares about you? As your Perfect Father, he cries when you cry, with tears. He feels the pain that parents feel when their child suffers. He longs to give you healing.
Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for the slain of my people. (Jeremiah 9:1 NIV)
When my daughter, Tammy, was sixteen, she had to endure major back surgery to straighten her spine. As her parents, Ralph and I endured the waiting room with some difficulty, waiting for assurance that everything had gone well. Sometimes my mind drifted to the operating room and I imagined her lying there with her insides exposed and bleeding. Quickly I diverted my attention—it was too much!
However, this was nothing compared to how I felt during her first few days of healing. As she suffered in the hospital bed, the morphine drip that relieved her pain was not nearly enough to make her feel good. She hurt so bad that she cried and she was very angry that Ralph and I had put her through this.
I wanted to cry with her. I wanted to hold her in my arms, but I couldn’t because the bedrails and tubes and monitors blocked me. I wanted to make her pain go away, but I was powerless.
To pull myself together, I took a little respite in the hallway. Still emotionally exhausted, I re-entered her room. When she saw me, she furiously vented her pain at me. I wanted to be strong for her and find a way to comfort her, but I couldn’t and I began to cry. So I ran from the room and sought out the hospital chaplain. I cried deeply, uncontrollably in his office. I thought I should be at Tammy’s side and felt guilty that I couldn’t be there right then.
My tears poured out from the deep well of empathy that I felt for her as her mother, which had been accumulating since the doctor first told us that she needed surgery.
When a parent suffers the pain of watching a child in pain, it’s an immersion into the loving heart of the Father. We’re experiencing a tiny portion of how our Divine Daddy feels when any of his children suffer.
Does it surprise you to picture Father God crying? All of the emotions we feel, if they are healthy and if they come from caring, if they are rooted in love, then they are also the emotions that God feels—a tiny portion of what he feels—because we were made in his image. Every time you were hurt by one of your human parents or some other authority figure, or by any other person or situation, Abba-Father cared so much that he cried the tears of a totally empathetic parent—he cried for you.
Day 23 on the journey includes:
- Abba’s tears can heal you
- Abba’s peace can heal you
- Abba’s compassion can heal you
- Abba’s vision can heal you
- Knowing Abba’s Divine Will can heal you
- The final steps to healing
© 2021 by Terry A. Modica