Like waves crash in on the shore and recede back to the depths of the sea.
Like the rhythm of our breath in and out of our lungs.
So our emotions. The joy, the terror, the passion, the anger. Intense love and bitter hatred.
Desire and grief.
I believe our socialization (norms of modern society) frowns on tears, and on sorrow which composes the foundation of about one half of the emotional spectrum.
We will do (I have done) anything and everything to avoid pain.
Run from it.
Disassociate from it.
But I'm learning, God accepts all our emotions.
He created them because when He created us in His image
we became like Him
even in our feelings.
Through the fall, we've become broken.
The image of God in us fractured and scarred.
We only see through a glass darkly
who He is
and who we are.
And who were are supposed to become.
But as we look to Him,
though the eyes of our heart
beholding his beauty
we are transformed
into His likeness.
back to original intent.
Returned to our original design.
Even our original emotional composition and health
can be restored in the light of His love and glory.
As we breathe in and out.
As we stand bravely facing with honesty each wave that we meet along the shore.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18