A Promise From Me

July 24, 2018
by Cheryl Mariano (Cheremiah)

Revelation 21:4 – And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (KJV)

Several years ago, one of the members of a church we attended lost her son to a drive-by shooting. As she grieved, and as we all did, I prayed and asked God how I might be used to be a comfort to her, and the following story was dropped into my heart.

An uncontrollable sob breaks the silence of the night, as a mother stands in the doorway of what used to be her dear son's room. He has been taken home to be with the Lord for quite awhile now, but pain, sorrow, emptiness, and grief still manage to find their way into her heart.

She puts her hand to her mouth to muffle the sound of her cries. The tears are hot as they pour down her cheeks. Her cries are muffled, for she knows that too many times she has found herself in this room. She knows that she can't keep mourning like this, but somehow, it is so much easier said than done.

Time steals by, and the precious mother dries her eyes, stands up tall, and tiptoes back into her bedroom. No one is aware of the fact that she has silently wept for the past half hour or so, except for one … the All-Knowing One. He has seen every tear, and He knows all too well the heartfelt sorrow of losing His Son, for you see, for the past half hour or so, He, too, has wept.

He, too, has been filled with a deep sense of sorrow. The pain and grief the precious mom feels is only a fraction of what our God in heaven feels for those He loves. His heart is torn and broken, and a nail-scarred hand brushes away the tears from His cheeks. He weeps and whispers to the precious mother's heart:

"My beloved, one day these nail-scarred hands will wipe away all the tears from your eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away. And that's … a promise from Me!"

Prayer: Heavenly Father, what a wonderful comforter You are. We do not know what we would do without You! Thank You. Amen.

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Cheryl Mariano (Cheremiah) <cherylmariano@gmail.com>
Chandler, Arizona, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Cheryl.


    Well done. Write again.


    A good reminder Cheryl!
    Blessings.


    And he collects our tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8).
    Thanks for your message today.


    Grief overwhelms when the loss is new. Thank you for sharing this comforting devotional. Blessing.


    Very appropriate for those of us here in Toronto, as we have just has a serious shooting incident with 2 dead and many other hurt. The shooter was mentally ill.


    Thank you Cheryl.
    Today is the anniversary of widowhood for me.
    What JOY to know the comfort of the LORD.


    Thank you for your writing! So touching and relevant and comforting.
    I’ve heard it said “if one person writes, thousands others feel the same.”
    You have touched a lot of souls with your message.


    Cheryl, thank you for this very moving and meaningful devotion today. We forget that God mourns with us and that his heart, too, is breaking in our times of sorrow. I truly don’t know what I would do without Him in my life. Keep writing! Blessings.


    Greetings,
    Many thanks for this very poignant morning devotional. A perfect correlation of Revelations 21:4. Blessings to you for this writing. Keep up your good works.
    (B.C.)


    Hi Cheryl,
    Read your devotional this morning. Very Good!
    It is so comforting to know that in all our problems, worries and sadness we do get comfort from the Lord.
    Thank you for writing
    Blessings.


    Oh, such a poignant story but one I can relate to Cheryl.
    A friend of mine lost her son in a traffic accident some time back, and watching her deep anguish was painful to behold.
    Thank you for sharing this message and my hope is that it will be of great comfort to anyone who is dealing with the loss of a loved one.
    (Ontario, Canada)


    Your latest article of comforting the woman who lost her son filled my eyes with tears in a way you can never imagine because I lost 3 children in less than 5 years. Our tears are never wasted, God will keep them in His own bottle. Losing a loved one looks like the whole world is depopulated and looks like your own world is falling apart before your eyes. May God help us embrace pain and burn it as a fuel for the long journey of healing.


    Dear Cheryl,
    A devotional with much truth and thankfulness to God for giving his Son as our Savior.

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