Our Daily Bread- The trail of Tears
- READ: Revelation 21:1-7
God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. —Revelation 21:4
A very severe and tragic event in US history was the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans in the early 19th century. Native
American tribes, who had struck treaties with and fought alongside the
burgeoning white population, were driven out of their ancestral lands.
In the winter of 1838, thousands of Cherokee were forced to embark on a
brutal 1,000-mile march westward known as The Trail of Tears. This
injustice resulted in the deaths of thousands of people, many of whom
had little or no clothing, shoes, or supplies for such a journey.
The world continues to be filled with injustice, pain, and heartache. And
many today may feel as if they are leaving a trail of tears—tears that
go unnoticed and grief that is not comforted. But our Lord sees our
tears and comforts our weary hearts (2 Cor. 1:3-5). He also declares the hope of a future time not marked by the stains of sin or injustice. In
that day and in that place, “God will wipe away every tear from their
eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall
be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Rev. 21:4).
The God who offers freedom from tears in the future is the only One who can fully comfort our tears now. —Bill Crowder
Loving Father, thank You that our hurts
and pains matter to You. Thank You for the
promise of an eternity without tears and a
life forever with You. Amen.
When God permits trials, He also provides comfort.