Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sadness is Biblical


"Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life's problems."
- Sadness, Disney Pixar's Inside Out

Jesus sets a great precedent in the Bible for being sad. He recognizes the condition of the people, he recognizes his own place in what is happening, he emphasizes with people in their pain, and when he needs to, he cries. Many people know the story of Jesus crying because it is famous as the shortest verse in the King James Version of the Bible, Jesus wept. Jesus displays his humanity in this very physical act of releasing emotion through crying. Through his example, we know that God is with us in our sadness, in our times of loneliness, sorrow, and loss.

We all need to cry sometimes. We all need to be sad sometimes. There are situations which should make us sad. When we experience loss or disappointment, it is natural to experience sadness. Of course, there are extremes, sometimes we are too sad for too long, and then we need to get help with our sadness. Our sadness does help us understand what is very important to us, we don't experience sadness when we lose things we don't care about. What makes you sad? Where is God present?