"Let the tears fall down"
(©2013 By Bob Perks - http://www.BobPerks.com)

1-31-2013 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #767
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

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Story of the Week
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"Let the tears fall down"
(©2013 By Bob Perks - http://www.BobPerks.com)

It's always been pretty standard thinking that "real men don't cry."

I've always had a problem with that concept. I've seen the men in my life cry and they are all real men, tough guys, who have been through so much in life.

But I take it a step further.

I am easily brought to tears over both happy and sad things. I always joked when speaking to my audiences that "I cry over McDonald's commercials."

It's true. There was a commercial years ago that featured this older man looking for a place to sit. There were several tables available, but he wanted one next to this very nice looking lady. You could hear him mumbling in an effort to convince himself to approach her.

I, of course, would cheer him on.

Most of the tables were empty and this guy walks up to her and says, "Excuse me, is this seat taken?"

She replies, "Well no." And he sits down with her.

Yes, I even got chills writing about it just now.

I choke up at movies, music, sunsets and little children.

I cry about happy endings, new beginnings and being lonely.

So, it shouldn't surprise you that I would do some research about it.

The gentleman I was speaking to the other day offered some real insight on the subject.

"There are lots of things that make me sad," he said. "But there is so much more in my life that makes me happy."

He then went on to say that he finds that as he grows older that tears become a fact of life for him.

"Life is so emotional. One must be sensitive to all it has to offer."

"Let the tears fall down," he said. "God will always pick you up."

I have come to discover that tears are more than just salty water.

An interesting discovery about the content of tears was made by Dr. William H. Frey II, a biochemist at the St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center in Minnesota. He and his team analyzed two types of tears: the emotional ones (crying when emotionally upset and stressed) and the ones arising from irritants (such as crying from onions.)

They found that emotional tears contained more of the protein-based hormones, prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and leucine enkephalin (natural painkiller), all of which are produced by our body when under stress.

It seems as if the body is getting rid of these chemicals through tears. That explains why we usually feel better after a good cry.

So, there you go. Cry as much as you want - it is probably good for you. But no cheating by inducing crying with onions. Your tear glands know the difference.

Knowing that there is good reason to cry sometimes I decided to find examples of real men who cried.

I didn't have to look far.

It is the shortest verse in the Bible:

John 11:35 "Jesus wept." It records the anguish of the Lord over the sorrow of his friends at the death of Lazarus. Another incident is recorded in Luke 19:41 when regarding Jerusalem from afar, Jesus wept over it knowing what would befall the inhabitants of the city because of their rejection of him.

After all of this, I believe that He, too, would shed a tear if He saw the same McDonald's commercial I saw. He loves happy endings, too.

Yes, real men cry.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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When I am happy I feel like crying, but when I am sad I don't feel like laughing. I think it is better to be happy; then you get two feelings for the price of one.

(From: Lily Tomlin )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        It is the Good and the Beautiful and the True that makes me cry the most! Thank You for all of those things... I Know that they are from You!

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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