I heard the story of a little boy who called his grandfather to explain that he had been delayed because his friend had broken a toy.
“Did you help him fix it?” asked the grandfather.
“No, it couldn’t be fixed,” said the boy, but I sat down and cried with him. Grandfather, it is a terrible thing when you have to cry alone.”
Paul urged that same attitude in Romans 12:15 when he told his readers, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” One great blessing of being a Christian is that we do not have to weep alone. Our brothers and sisters stand ready to shed tears with us in our sorrow. They are concerned when we are concerned.
Sometimes, however, we feel that not even our brothers and sisters understand the pain we are feeling. In that case, we have the ultimate blessing of a Savior who weeps with us as He did with Mary and Martha in the long ago. The prophet Isaiah said. “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrow” (Isa. 53:4). Let us remember to follow the instructions of Peter in 1 Peter 5:7 when he said, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”