Spiritual Practice


Chelsey Smith & Sierra Klotz

Once I start crying, stopping is difficult. On the day my parents separated, off and on from morning until afternoon, I sobbed. Though I tried to compose myself, I could not seem to tame my wild emotions. Whenever I began to calm down, an upsetting thought would course through my heart and the tears would flow again.

Often, we are embarrassed to express strong emotions, even to our family. We think that emotion shows weakness, but it doesn’t. We are all human, and we all experience pain and sorrow.

Jesus wept.
John 11:35 (NIV)

When Jesus’ good friend Lazarus passed away, Jesus wept. Even around other people, he didn’t hold back; he expressed his pain through tears. Jesus knows how grief feels. If Jesus cried openly, why can’t we? When we see other people who are hurting, we instinctively turn away. What if we chose, instead, to show God’s love for them by being there with them and letting them cry?

—Chelsey Smith, 16


BE REAL: God created emotions, and Christ showed a full range of emotions. He wept over Lazarus and Jerusalem; he was angry with the moneychangers in the temple; he felt compassion for the multitudes. Let’s follow his example and be honest with our emotions.

—Sierra Klotz, 18 [Hamburg, New Jersey]

—from devozine (November/December 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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