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Your tears are being collected in a bottle

God is collecting your tears in a bottle

I walked into the classroom and cried. My friend held me while I sobbed. A friend to hold me and not ask why I was crying. Freedom to grieve and be comforted.

You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.

Psalm 56:8


Let the tears come.

We need never be ashamed of our tears.
― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

God is collecting your tears in a bottle. You are not alone. God knows your sorrow. He knows each tear you shed.

 I pray you have someone to hold you. A friend to let you cry and not ask why.

If I can pray for you, please let me know in the comments. It’s okay if you say your prayer is, “Unspoken,” because sometimes all we can say is, “Help.”

Please e-mail me at [email protected] and I will pray for you. If we meet, I will hug you and we can both cry.

Tears are words the mouth can’t say nor can the heart bare.
― Joshua Wisenbaker


I wrote this story several days ago. And I wanted to add this.

My tears are from a deep sorrow.

Tears are healing.  And being forgiven is too.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1John  1:9

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • arian

    i am crying . because i do sin

    • Good Morning Arian,
      I pray for you for comfort.
      I sin too. But, I have joy knowing I am offered forgiveness.

  • Anita Ferreri

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Thank you Anita for your prayers,
      May I pray for you for something?

  • Bev Baird

    I will pray for you as well Pamela. I really believe in the power of prayer and try to include whoever I can in my daily prayers. God bless.

    • Thank you Bev for your prayers.
      Today I choose joy.

  • Thank you for this comforting post. I so enjoyed meeting you too. I will join your social networks too. Pray for my family and car woes. Thanks so miuch for the inspiration tonight!


    • Good Morning Mary,
      I am praying for your family and for your car woes. I pray today you have sunshine and joy.

  • Dana Murphy

    So glad you had a friend. A real friend. I hope you find comfort.

    • Thank you Dana.
      I was comforted. Friends really do make a difference.

  • Kathy Storrie

    Hi Pamela,

    Your topic rings a bell. I’ve been teary eyed over the least thing this week.(menopause is long over) I don’t realize I’m down until I see a sad or happy story on facebook, a sad movie or someone voicing their loneliness. I think we’re all earning for that which is perfect, sinless, kind, sweet, majestic, loving, caring, truthful, righteous…Jesus.

    • Hello Kathy,
      Praying for your tears this week.
      Yes, often I don’t even know I am sad. And then the sun comes out again, and I realize I was.
      Sending you a hug today, my friend.

      • Kathy Storrie

        Thanks, Pamela, I’m doing much better. Probably too much estrogen in my water and food.

  • La McCoy

    Please pray for me as I pray for you each day. Love you all.

    • Yes, Laura, I will pray for you. Thank you for praying for me.

  • Sue Sutherlin

    Sometimes the prayer I offer up is simply, “God, You know WHO and WHAT already. I ask for your comfort, assistance, encouragement – You know exactly what each one needs. If I am to be a part of that, guide me.”

    Some people are very private and will not share their prayer needs, though of course they exist. Some people don’t know how, or are too embarrassed, to share. God knows them ALL! Praise Him for His love!

    • Hello Sue,
      Yes, God know our prayer needs. We can always confide everything to him. And prayers from friends help dry the tears. Thank you for being a friend. (p.s. I may not recognize you if I see you again. I will be looking for Snoopy.)

  • Pamela Black

    How is it you know me so well? Thanks. Thanks for being you.

    • I don’t know Pamela. Maybe because God knows what we need before we need it. And you are welcome. Thank you for helping me smile.

  • Christa Sterken

    I am praying for you

  • Hopefully you will touch those who need to cry. I’m praying for you friend.