Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Wet Pillow

I am worn out from sobbing. Every night tears drench my bed; my pillow is wet from weeping. My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies. Psalm 6: 6-7 NLT

This person is really hurting. The imagery in this psalm is powerful. Imagine being worn out from sobbing, from crying so hard that you fall in a deep but uneasy sleep. Visualize what you look like after crying. Think about a time you cried so hard that you could not see. Picture someone who has cried so much that they cannot make another sound. Think about how it feels to lie in bed with tears running down your face into your hair and ears.

This is not just a pity party. The psalmist is experiencing true grief and hurt. The anger of God is being felt by the psalmist at a personal level. The psalmist is heart-breakingly sorrowful. This is not just a mental but a physical reaction to grief and punishment. The proof is in the wet pillow.

Have you ever felt like this?

How did you get through this?

Did you spend anytime in prayer?

What could you do to help others who may be experiencing this kind of sorrow?

God, we sometimes feel overwhelming grief over losses, hurts and mistakes. Help us to cry out to you in these times. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims

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