Friday, September 9, 2011

After the Last Tear Falls

I have been thinking a lot about the events of 9/11 over the past few days. My husband will be preaching a sermon this Sunday (the 10th anniversary of 9/11) about how Jesus commands us to love our enemies just as God loved us when we were his enemies. And so this week we have been watching a lot of the documentaries on TV related to 9/11. It is so amazing and sad to realize just how many people have been effected by just one event on one day. Once again I have been reminded just how much suffering there is in this world! 

In comparison to a big event like 9/11, I feel like my health issues are so small. Of course, everyone has their struggles - and no matter the size or intensity of the struggles, they are equally real for those who are experiencing them. It all makes me long for the day when pain and death will be no more and every tear will be wiped away. I was reminded of that promise by a friend this past week: "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away (Revelation 21:4)."

The song, "After the Last Tear Falls," by Andrew Peterson really captures the truth of that promise, and our longing for it, so clearly. I encourage you to listen to it and read the lyrics (below). 

"After the Last Tear Falls" by Andrew Peterson
After the last tear fall, after the last secret's told, 
After the last bullet tears through flesh and bone,
After the last child starve, and the last girl walks the boulevard, 
After the last year that's just too hard.

There is love; love, love, love.
There is love; love, love, love. 
There is love.

After the last disgrace, after the last lie to save some face, 
After the last brutal jab from a poison tongue,
After the last dirty politician, after the last meal down at the mission, 
After the last lonely night in prison. 

And in the end, the end is oceans and oceans of love and love again.
We'll see how the tears that have fallen, were caught in the palms,
Of the Giver of love and the Lover of all.
And we'll look back on these tears as old tales.

'Cause after the last plan fails, after the last siren wails,
After the last young husband sails off to join the war,
After the last "this marriage is over,"
After the last young girl's innocence is stolen,
After the last years of silence that won't let a heart open. 

Finally, thank you for all of the prayers for Hudson's surgery. It went very well and he is making a smooth recovery!