Genesis 46:28-30: Tears.

28 Now Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When they arrived in the region of Goshen, 29 Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father[a] and wept for a long time.30 Israel said to Joseph, ‘Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive.’ NIV

God had said to Jacob: ‘’And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes’’ (4), so it’s not surprising, then, to read his words in verse 30. It’s important to remember that God keeps His promises.

Verse 29 speaks volumes. Joseph had shed many tears in recent weeks, but now the banks of his heart fully burst, and the pent-up flood broke loose. It almost feels too sacred to stand and watch this scene. But God wants us to see it and learn from it. Don’t be ashamed of tears. In the main they are therapeutic and they are precious to God:

‘’You keep track of all my sorrows. You have kept all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book’’ (Psalm 56:8 New Living Translation).

I know self-pity is not good, and we should want to avoid it. But as I once heard a minister say, many people just need to have a jolly good cry.