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Glistening Tears and Great Expectations

By Ken and Jan Merop

Cleveland, Tennesseeken and Jan Merop


He crawled into my lap and sat there for a while just being loved.  Hugs, prayers, a good storybook, and soon the glistening tears subsided.  He’d been disappointed when a special visit fell through and his expectations had been dashed.

Disappointment and dashed expectations can produce the inability to trust again.  Unless a new perspective invites hope leading to great expectations instead.

It reminds me of the beauty and sweet fragrance of a rose, and, yet, thorns still adorn its stem.

As Good Friday approaches, I think of that crown of thorns that our Lord endured for me and you. The humiliation, shame, and horrors of the crucifixion.

The very lifeblood the disciples had come to expect in their close relationship with Jesus had flowed out of him.  His dead body was in the grave and those unimaginable horrors of his death hovered in an unwelcome cloud over them.


The morning of the third day.  An angel declared at the empty tomb, “He is not here; for He has risen, as He said.” (Matthew 28: 6 NKJV)

Then the joy of life, hope and eternity captivated their hearts and minds in a deeper, more profound way than ever before as they encountered the risen Christ.

The glistening tears of sadness and hopelessness that Jesus’ followers had endured soon turned into renewed expectation, joy, and hope.

Like a jewel with many facets, God’s Word is forever reflecting new light.  Though my heartache for my child wasn’t erased, my spirit merged with God’s Spirit within me.  My perspective changed and I came face to face with my changeless God and was able to help lift my son’s spirits.

God uses the miseries and heartaches we experience for good in our lives and eventually in the lives of others.  Though the incidents may not be good in themselves, our response makes a difference.

If we choose to see things through God’s perspective, it’s as if we crawl into his lap for comfort and healing.  All at once we’ll realize that such intimacy was made possible because of the ache, the misery.

And we’re suddenly aware of the gift of his presence.

Live with great expectations.  Keep your eyes and ears attuned and on alert, ready to see, hear, and perceive his truth.

So, when misery comes our way, let’s choose to see God’s purpose and perspective in it.  For the disciples and us today, new life and eternity blossomed from the crucifixion to Resurrection morning.

Even our tears will glisten as jewels when our eyes focus on him.  Selah



Jan Merop

Sometimes when we least expect it,

a blossom of thought and inspiration

comes forth from a rocky surface.

Much like this flower.

Pushing forth all by itself,

it awakens hope and promise.

“And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?

My only hope is in you.”

Psalm 39:7


After six years in the mountains of Avery County, Ken and Jan Merop are now living in the hilly Tennessee countryside of Cleveland, TN…just outside of Chattanooga.  Ken’s photos can be seen at

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