E-votional - Why Cry?
October 4, 2001
"I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry."

Psalm 40:1 (NRSV)


    Why cry? Isn't it a sign of weakness? I mean it forces you to open up in a way that is more an outpouring of emotion, of who you are. It means you become vulnerable. Crying acknowledges that you are not in control doesn't it? The truth of the matter is that crying is a strength, and an exercise at that. It is about not only becoming vulnerable, but it is about sharing who you are and what is going on with you and is a forma of managing your life.

    Hear the Good News, while crying is one form of communication, another is prayer. The psalmist in Psalm 40 tells of opening not only his heart, but his soul as well, lifting them both up to God. Whether or not God's response to the Psalmist was a surprise or not, the fact remains that God heard the cry and responded. The slaves under Pharaoh's control, God responded. The concerns and Cry of the people of Israel, He responded. The sick and the infirmed, we know of the stories of Jesus and how He responded. Even in our own life. Both our little battles and big trials, God has delivered us too.

    Prayer, what a way to start the day of right. Each day we need nourishment for the body. For babies, we regulate what they eat and how they eat, hoping that as they grow older they will learn to the do the same for themselves. If we would do this for the body what about the soul. For those that are hungry, take and eat, receive the meal from heaven, take a bite out of a prayer sandwich.


    Lord, as You stir within my heart, I am called to prayer. The hunger inside is not for food, it is a longing for You. Feed me Father, satisfy my hunger and my thirst. Help me to understand that talking with You is in fact a basic necessity of life. Strengthen me to share all the You are with others. Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for I ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.