Crying out from the very depths of the soul, the pain associated with the loss has no equal. When I was about 12 years old, my dad took me and my little dog Blackie out to the VFW to fish and play. About the time we left, Blackie started running in circles and foaming at the mouth. I am sure my dad did not know he had distemper, but he knew we better leave. I remember screaming and crying as we drove off leaving the poor dog alone and soon to die. I languished in a state of emptiness, pain and loss for days.
An image forever etched in my mind is when Beth's dog Peggy finally lost her long battle with kidney disease and passed away in late October of 2008. For what seemed like hours, Beth cradled the lifeless body of Peggy in her lap, weeping with a pain no one else on earth could understand. The pain of loss is the last great weapon the enemy has, for the last enemy to be overcome is death.
God doesn't expect us to be stoics and have no feelings of when things go wrong. It is a good thing to let your feelings out during times of despair, tragedy and loss. This is part of the closure process often spoken about.
This morning we received an unexpected snow. I have been mesmerized by the unbelievable beauty this inch or two of snow provided. Just as loss causes pain so deep you want to scream, so an unexpected blessing of wonder and beauty causes rejoicing so deep you want to open your arms and hug it. Emotions are a God given way of expressing what is happening to and within us. Emotions allow us to be an open book, known and read of all men.
Emotions need not be feared or repulsed. Emotions should not be looked upon as a sign of weakness. God gave us emotions so we can grow closer to Him and help others do the same. I love an emotional prayer (as opposed to a stiff formal one). I have been at prayer meetings where one person's prayer was so powerful; it could have been the entire service.
Part of the phrase lifting up holy hands implies the idea of holding them out, powerfully pouring out our hearts to God and open to Him pouring His blessings to us. Never be ashamed to open your heart whether in times of turmoil or joy unspeakable. God is waiting with open arms for us open our hearts to Him.