Sermon: Tears and the Spirit

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 10:15am to 11:15am
Rev. David Robins


Imagine if you will, writing your memoir, with each chapter representing a moment when you shed tears. A chapter on tears of joy. A chapter on tears of sorrow. A chapters on tears of awe. A chapters on tears of physical pain. A chapter on tears of frustration. A chapter on tears of relief.  Imagine if you will, that these moments have been the most important in your life. Theses moments or times of tears represent your most profound experiences and understanding of what it means to be human, and alive. These moments have built your character and shaped your soul.

I remember the tears that accompanied my sobbing of sorrow and my uncontrolled laughter. Both left me gasping for breath and inhaling great gulps of breath. The word spirit refers to breath, and we are filled with spirit from our first breath to our last. Darwin noted that weeping is one of the