Think about this...You may soon forget those with you have laughed with, but you will never forget those you have wept with.
When we experience sorrow, we take comfort in knowing that someone else has gone through a similar trial and has felt the same kind of sadness we feel.
In such times, we tend to cling to those friends who have been where we are. Jesus is one such friend.
He experienced the death of a very close friend, watched as His disciples betrayed Him, and kept silent as He was unjustly beaten and hung on a cross. Needless to say, He was "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief," and can relate when we are dealing with pain and grief (Isaiah 53:3).
If you are in a time of sadness and sorrow and feel that no one understands you, remember that Jesus understands because He has experienced pain too. You can trust that He has been wherever you are and will walk with you through your darkest hour.
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who have chosen to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.
Thank you to my friends that I know I can weep with.