“He sets our tears in His sight” by Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354-430)

Comforting Words When Words Cannot Be Uttered…

Tolle Lege

“Prayer is to be free of much speaking (Matthew 6:7), but not of much entreaty, if the fervor and attention persist. To speak much in prayer is to transact a necessary piece of business with unnecessary words. But to entreat much of Him whom we entreat is to knock by a long-continued and devout uplifting of the heart (Luke 18:1, 7).

In general, this business of prayer is transacted more by sighs than by speech (Romans 8:26), more by tears than by utterance (Psalm 126:5-6).

But He sets our tears in His sight (Psalm 56:8) and our groaning is not hidden from Him (Psalm 38:9) who created all things by His Word and who does not need human words.”

–Augustine of Hippo, “Letter 130 (A.D. 412)” in Letters, Volume 2 (83-130), Trans. Wilfrid Parsons (Washington, D.C.: CUA Press: 1953/2008), 391.

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One thought on ““He sets our tears in His sight” by Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354-430)

  1. I love when the psalmist David says that God keeps track of all our sorrows. He collects all of our tears in His bottle and He records each one in His book. Girls, I gave your mom a picture of an eye painted with brilliant colors and a butterfly in the pupil. A tear is falling and a beautiful bottle is waiting to collect it. Maybe you can locate this picture.
    Now your beautiful mom is crying only tears of joy, amazement, wonder, and laughter(happy tears). However, we still at times continue to cry tears of sorrow because we all miss her so much. I say, let the tears come because they are healing tears; liquid prayers.
    My heartfelt prayers continue to go up for your dear family.

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