“Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.”
~ Henry Ward Beecher
Through tears, I’ve glimpsed into heavenly places the past few weeks.
A kindergarten classmate of my grandchildren died the day after Christmas after showing slight signs of illness on Christmas Eve. A serious, mysterious decline happened so fast.
Since then I’ve been experiencing how shock and grief can lead to seeing what is hidden behind the clouds of everyday consciousness….that human life is awesome, wondrous, and precious, which seems to me is a glimpse of heaven. I’ve also experienced how shuddering with sorrowful tears can shake and break a heart in a way that opens it to a flood of heavenly love and compassion.
May we not be afraid of tears. They can lead us to healings and learnings as well as to awakenings and glimpses of heaven. I’ve also heard that tears are a sign of Spirit moving through us.
“It’s only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have
no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross