In his Chronicle column today, Chapel Dean Luke Powery writes that, "Tears sow the seeds of hope."
Citing examples from the fourth-century theologian Augustine to the Hebrew Prophet Jeremiah to Durham's civil rights leader Pauli Murray, Dean Powery says, "I can’t help but believe as a minister that God is in our tears."
"One may shed tears because one refuses to shrink back from struggle and pain and injustice," he says. "Joy may be gone but hope is not."
"So, go ahead and cry, and don’t underestimate tears because they may not mean what you think," he says, "They may be a pillow for a heart filling with hope."
Read the column.