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Catch a Falling Tear

God's Care Mourning Affliction

Source: Lachrymatory.com

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-27

Scripture: Psalms 56:8 ; Revelation 21:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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They're called tear bottles, tear catchers, tear vials, unguentaria, and lachrymatories. In them, tears are collected as a token of grief and mourning. Legends of tear catchers go back millennia to the days of Rome when, purportedly, mourners would bury their tear bottles with the dead as symbols of respect. It's also reported that professional mourners (called wailers) would be paid to collect their tears for the dead--the loader the wails and the fuller the tear bottles, the better the pay.

The use of tear bottles enjoyed a resurgence during the Victorian period of the 19th century. Mourners would place their tears in a bottle with porous stoppers. The complete evaporation of the tears would mark the end of the mourning period.

During the Civil War, women would catch their tears in a bottle and kept them to show their husbands how much they were missed while away on the field of battle.

Today, tear bottles are enjoying yet another resurgence in popularity. You can buy them online and in trendy gift stores to give as gifts and tokens, not just of mourning, but for shared tears empathy over present struggles, and even for shared tears of joy.

APPLICATION

References to tear bottles actually predate even Roman culture. King David, in his sorrow, cried out to God saying, "Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle:are they not in thy book?" (Psalm 56:8, KJV). The New Living Testament says it this way: "You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book."

What beautiful imagery. God sees each tear we cry and tracks each one. No sorrow goes unnoticed. No pain goes unmourned by our loving and compassionate Father. And one day, just as with the lachrymatories of the Victorian era, all our tears will evaporate, wiped away by the hand of a loving Savior. "He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever" (Revelation 21:4, NLT).

The time of mourning will be over!

Flying the "Death Flag"

Jesus' Death Mourning Rememberance

Source: “Why Are Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Times of Mourning?” by Ethan Trex, MentalFloss.com, November 10, 2009

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-09-23

Scripture: Matthew 20:28

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Have you ever asked yourself why we fly the flag at half-staff at times of national mourning? It’s one of those things we just take for granted.  But it is so much a part of our national culture that Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7 of the United States Code actually provides rules for regulating how, when, and for how long it is flown that way. 

The death of a current or former president lowers the flag for 30 days, while the current vice president, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Speaker of the House receive 10 days of half-staff flying following their deaths. Flags fly at half-staff from the day of death until the date of interment for cabinet secretaries, Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, former vice presidents, and the governors of states.

The death of a current member of Congress lowers the flag to half-staff on the day of death and following day. And of course, the president can, by executive order, declare the flag to be lowered to mark days of mourning for other special occasions, as well. Following the September 11th attacks, for example, President Bush ordered the flag be flown at half-staff until September 16th.

According to the fact finding gurus at MentalFloss.com, “The oldest commonly accepted reference to a half-staff flag dates back to 1612, when the captain of the British ship Heart’s Ease died on a journey to Canada. When the ship returned to London, it was flying its flag at half-mast to honor the departed captain.  According to one line of scholarly thinking, “by lowering the Union Jack, the sailors were making room for the invisible flag of Death. This explanation jibes with the British tradition of flying a ‘half-staff’ flag exactly one flag’s width lower than its normal position to underscore that Death’s flag is flapping above it."

APPLICATION

While the Union Jack, the American Flag, and flags of other countries are all flown at half-staff on days of special commemoration and mourning, there is an invisible “death flag” which flies over all humanity. It is the death flag commemorating the heroic sacrifice of the Son of Man. And while we lower our flags in honor of fallen soldiers and war heroes, politicians and patriots who gave their lives in service to our country, Jesus came and gave His life in service to the entire human race,

“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

The Generous Thief

God's Promises Death Resurrection

Source: The Defiance Crescent News, Feb. 19, 1985

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Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: John 11:25 ; Job 1:21

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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Back in the 80s, I worked for a kind-hearted man who owned a small sign shop. He was far from the most successful businessman I'd ever met, but he treated his customers with respect and fairness. I remember how downhearted he was when he told me his pickup had been stolen. A couple of months later, the truck was returned but in a very unusual way. The story, which made national news, was featured by Paul Harvey.

Here's how it appeared in the local paper:

DEWITT, Mich. (UPI) -- Kelly Terrell says the person who stole his 1975 Chevrolet pickup truck can take it again "any time he wants to." That's because Terrell, whose truck was taken from a shopping mall in December, got the vehicle back Sunday --with a fresh coat of paint and a number of other repairs. Terrell told police Monday he had received a call from a stranger who lectured him about his truck's poor condition. The stranger then told Terrelll he could find the pickup in the parking lot where it had been stolen.

When Terrel arrived at the lot, he found his truck and a three-page list of repairs made by the thief. In addition to sanding and painting the pickup, the thief performed bodywork and made a number of mechanical repairs. 'It is not a practical joke,' Terrell said. 'I have no idea who the man is. It is all very strange, but that man can steal my vehicle any time he wants to.'

APPLICATION

The Bible tells us that God gives but He also takes away (Job 1:21).  Our health, our earthly treasures, and even our life will all one day be taken. But there's nothing that God takes away that He will not return to us, only in much better shape than it was before!

"Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live" (John 11:25, ESV). 

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The Town That Banned Death

Death Sin Nature Victory

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-25

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:54

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Death Makes An Appearance

Death Denial Assurance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-09

Scripture: Psalms 23:4 ; 1 Corinthians 15:55

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Cancer Research Confirms the Curse

Sin Death Salvation

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2017-07-11

Scripture: Genesis 2:17 ; Galatians 3:13

Author: Brian Thomas
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No Grave Can Stop Him!

Death Revenge Second Coming

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-06-19

Scripture: Ezekiel 44:3 ; 1 Corinthians 15:55

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The Protracted Replay Of Bitterness

Forgiveness Bitterness Motivation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-01-07

Scripture: Ephesians 4:26

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Roller Coaster Lines

Death Fear Judgment of Believers

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2016-10-26

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:54 ; 2 Corinthians 5:10

Author: Thomas Bevers
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Death and Dying Quotes (part 1)

Death and Dying Quotes Death Mortality

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-27

Author: Various
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