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Wise King Solomon wrote, “To everything there is a season… A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:4 Ecclesiastes 3:4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
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Now is a season to weep and mourn. After the unspeakable horror of a slaughter of innocents in Newtown, Connecticut, on the morning of December 14, 2012.

Officials will investigate exhaustively and the world will analyze of this crime of crimes over and over. Though most of our lives are already jam-packed with busy-ness, most will want to learn more details about it.

But let’s slow down—let’s not neglect to feel and express empathy—to “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15 Romans 12:15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
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If we love others as we love ourselves, we will share their sorrows.

Jesus had immense compassion for everyone. He wept for them (John 11:35 John 11:35Jesus wept.
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Jeremiah frequently wept because he loved his countrymen and was heartbroken over the encroaching evils and tragedies in Judah. He wrote, “I wish that my head were filled with water and my eyes were a fountain of tears so that I could cry day and night for my dear people who have been killed” (Jeremiah 9:1 Jeremiah 9:1Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!
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, God’s Word translation).

A whole book of the Bible is named Lamentations, probably written by Jeremiah.

The apostle Paul wrote, “For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you” (2 Corinthians 2:4 2 Corinthians 2:4For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have more abundantly to you.
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And when we know that we have sinned against God, that is the time we should “lament and mourn and weep” in heartfelt repentance (James 4:9 James 4:9Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
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Grieve, but grieve with hope

When the saints in Thessalonica were grieving over their brethren who had died, Paul wrote, “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13 1 Thessalonians 4:13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning them which are asleep, that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
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Paul said, “I have hope in God… that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust” (Acts 24:15 Acts 24:15And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
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“The Lord is… not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
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Countless people of all ages are dying every day around the world—from every imaginable cause. The world is inundated with grief. But God loves every individual and will not forget a single one. God loves everyone and has a plan to save everyone (John 3:16-17 John 3:16-17 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
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; 1 Timothy 2:4 1 Timothy 2:4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
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God blesses those who mourn

God has special compassion on those who show compassion. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4 Matthew 5:4Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
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God told Ezekiel that within Jerusalem, He would protect “the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it” (Ezekiel 9:3-6 Ezekiel 9:3-6 3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; 4 And the LORD said to him, Go through the middle of the city, through the middle of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the middle thereof. 5 And to the others he said in my hearing, Go you after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have you pity: 6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man on whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.
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Psalms 126:5 Psalms 126:5They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
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says, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.”

God remembers our tears. David wrote, “Put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?” (Psalms 56:8 Psalms 56:8You tell my wanderings: put you my tears into your bottle: are they not in your book?
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Comfort and joy when Christ returns!

Isaiah 61:1-3 Isaiah 61:1-3 1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
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is a prophecy of Jesus Christ, fulfilled in part by His first coming and to be fulfilled much more with His second coming. “The LORD… has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted…

to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness….”

Shortly before Jesus was to be arrested and then crucified, He said this to His disciples: “Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you” (John 16:20-22 John 16:20-22 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 21 A woman when she is in travail has sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 22 And you now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man takes from you.
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