Tears of Joy

We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear . . . and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?



I have often shed tears of joy. They spring to my eyes unbidden and without warning. When a person cries because of the way they’re feeling, it’s known as emotional tears. Nobody knows exactly why we have emotional tears but one reason might be that they help us release our deepest, feelings, feelings that are often subconscious. Tears are a  non-verbal way to release emotions that are non-verbal as well. These emotions are in the ground of our being and connect us to the rest of humanity and God.

When I experience a suddenly, an encounter with the Spirit, tears spring to my eyes. Sometimes it is out of joy and sometimes because my soul is finally fulfilled. Theses are happy tears because the struggle is over, at last.

When was the last time I shed tears of joy?

Oh, about five minutes ago, reading a moving account of a Palm Sunday Procession in Iraq, where Christians who have suffered and understand community in the same was as people did in Biblical times. They are deeply rooted to the land, history and their ancestors going back to Abraham. The tears  that sprang to my eyes were sudden, surprising, with a strong pang of pain mixed with compassion. This ancient Chaldean Catholic Eastern Rite Church is part of  the Mystical Body of Christ. This Body is a vital, alive, pulsing with synapses and electrical connections between people. There is neither time nor distance in His Body of believers.  A thought travels at the speed of light to touch the heart of another person and God. * These reflections were triggered by Ellen Mady at Eyes on Heaven  http://eyesonheaven.net

Try explaining all this emotion to a husband who can’t handle illogical tears. Combine this seemingly erratic display of raw emotions with my tendency to use circular thinking and you can imagine my husband’s dilemma. Poor man with his logical, left-brained, straight-lined thinking.  Intuitive, circular thinking is more colourful and fun than logical thinking anyway.  I was recently told that I was an INFP which lifted a huge weight of guilt off me. There actually others out there like me who are introverted, intuitive, feeling,  perceptive types. That fact helps me feel legitimate, even with my tears of joy  because they are intuitive, perceptive and definitely all about feeling


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