My Gran once recited part of a poem to me by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, which I never forgot.
“Laugh and the world laughs with you
Weep and you weep alone
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth
But has troubles enough of its own.”
It almost stopped me getting help from a friend when I really needed it.
This would have been a popular poem in her time. Weep, and you weep alone. In our family, it became a truth. That’s the world’s wisdom.
But it was not THE truth.
In the Kingdom, it’s the other way around.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15
Which is better?
The shortest verse of the Bible is “Jesus wept”. He wept even though He knew that He was going to bring Lazarus back from the dead. He wept for the sisters that lost their brother. He wept for those who weep.
In Isaiah 53, a prophecy about the King written about 700 years before His birth, He is described as “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.”
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4
We are not alone.