Tears of Gethsemane

Gethsemane. Patient woe; the human yielding to the divine; love meeting no response, but still remaining love.” 
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 586

Tears of prayerful yearning 
lift us to a consciousness of God. 
Such tears are sweet in the sanctity of Love. 
But what of tears of fear, 
the gravity of grave-based weeping,
the sweat of love-lost agony?
Why are they shed? What is their purpose?
What is their consequence? Can they lift us up? 
When first these tears are pressed from us
by circumstances untoward,
we can discover purpose in our Gethsemane.
Christ’s purpose is clear. 
How can tears shed in our own Gethsemane
move us toward our own ascension?
Is it true that moving tears of consecration 
become the tears of ascending thought
to wash away the weight of uninvited tears of apprehension?
With each drop, the message and the messenger become clearer
and we acknowledge our inspiration with arms outstretched to Love: 
This cup need not pass from me. . . . Thy will be done.

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