Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh (Luke 6:21).
This beatitude promise from Luke leaves space for weeping and for laughing. It lets the mourner waver in between because there is nowhere to land. We are suspended, wading through various emotions while also trying to find a reason why. Sometimes we wait for an answer that we might never get. Sometimes we wait for a why when no reason will ever be enough. We wait for an answer. We wait for a reason.
I do not know if we will ever know the answers. But I do know that we have a God who waits with us, weeps with us, and holds us in the terrible unknowing. We have a God holding us as we cry painful tears and joins us in remembering laughter. We have a God that stays with us as we wait.
This message is an excerpt from “Faith Reflections: Tears and laughter” by Elyssa J. Salinas-Lazarski in the December 2020 issue of Boldcafe. Today we remember Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, martyr, who died in 156.