«For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping»
Psalm 6:8 (NKJV)


Crying is the first expressive modality of the newborn man. At birth, the wail is considered a sign of vitality. For several weeks the child will use it as an expression of his needs and, shortly thereafter, even his wishes. Once grown the tears will perform a biological function such as eye washing, but psychologically "cleanse the soul" from excesses of tension. Psychological studies report that 88.8% of people feel better after venting with a nice liberating cry. Although men do it, on average, only 7 times a year, compared to 47 of women. Curious then the news reported by Focus magazine in May 2013, that Japanese businessmen, to relieve stress, have spread the fashion, also arrived in Europe, of crying clubs: clubs where you go especially for crying together with perfect strangers. Many of these places offer "help" to those who do not have an easy tear: from moving films to onions and peppers.

Hardly the cry reminds us happy moments, even if these have known sweet tears of emotion and joy. Cry is synonymous with bitterness, pain and suffering. How not to remember Job, familiar to many: "My face is flushed from weeping, And on my eyelids is the shadow of death" (Job 16:16 NKJV), "My harp is turned to mourning, And my flute to the voice of those who weep" (Job 30:31 NKJV). Even the psalmist can not take it anymore, he is now "exhausted by drowning; every night I weep over my bed and tear my bed with tears ". Personally, when I think of crying and tears pouring into the silence of the night, the reassurance contained in Psalm 6 really comes to my mind. God listens to our weeping, not to our sobbing; I prefer to think that to him the tears come as words. Eyes that have never shed tears can not understand what you feel when you cross the desert of silence.

Tears are more powerful than any word. They always inspire in those who see them scratch the face of a person who suffers or rejoices a soul's movement of participation in the pain or joy of those who pay them. The men and women of the Bible appear with all their fragility and weakness. From Genesis to revelation the tears bathe the pages of the biblical story, without excluding even Jesus. Jesus cries after learning that his dear friend, Lazarus, is dead (John 11:32-36). His tears remind us of the love that God has for us. They show us how Jesus suffers when he sees us suffer. He reveals his real compassion and cries in front of the pain of his friends. But Christ, the light of darkness, transforms tears of sadness into tears of joy, resurrecting Lazarus. When Jesus sees Jerusalem, he begins to cry: "When he was near, at the sight of the city, he wept over it, saying: "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes" (Luke 19:41-42 NKJV). He sees the past and future sins of people and breaks his heart. God, our loving Father, is sad when he sees that we are moving away from Him. Many often, however, we abandon His love and follow our paths. Our sins make Jesus cry, but fortunately His arms are always open to welcome us when we return to Him.

Devotional 4/2019
Weekly Bible reading plan

January 21 Exodus 1-3; Matthew 14: 1-21
January 22 Exodus 4-6; Matthew 14: 22-36
January 23 Exodus 7-8; Matthew 15: 1-20
January 24 Exodus 9-11; Matthew 15: 21-39
January 25 Exodus 12-13; Matthew 16
January 26 Exodus 14-15; Matthew 17
January 27 Exodus 16-18; Matthew 18: 1-20

To not forget
On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops reached Auschwitz and freed the survivors of the main Nazi extermination camp. During the Nazis every Jew was forced to wear a tetra cloth patch sewn in the shape of a David star in Germany as well as in every country conquered by the Germans, so as to make the Jew distinguishable. From January 27, 2008 is the Day of Remembrance, a moment of reflection on the Holocaust, the planned extermination of millions of Jews in Europe by the Nazi regime and the fascist regimes of its allies.

On January 25, 1948 Giovanni Luzzi died. Born in Tschlin on March 8, 1856, a Protestant pastor and theologian, known above all for his translation of the bible, died in Poschiavo (Switzerland).


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