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Topic: TEARS - (as in crying) (10/04/04)

TITLE: Blow Your Nose!


Everyone is familiar with the ¡§crying tears¡¨ that our eyes produce, which consist of mainly water. The glands that produce these tears are located over the eye and produce ¡§emotional tears¡¨ and the ¡§watery eye tears¡¨ that affect us all at some point in our lives.

What most of us aren¡¦t familiar with is the ¡§tear film¡¨ that coats our eyes. The gland that produces this film is located under the eyelid. The film consists of three layers. The outer oily layer whose job it is to seal in the tears of the watery second layer and deter evaporation. The third sticky layer keeps the second layer in contact with the eyeball so the tears can do their cleaning job and so the antibacterial agents contained in the watery layer will have time to fight infection.

The blink of the eye is used to distribute this watery second layer evenly over the entire eyeball so vision is crisp and clear. All the ¡§tears¡¨ drain into the tear sac and then into the nasal passages, which is why blowing your nose goes along with crying.

All the necessary functions that the eye needs to stay healthy are built in. No other maintenance is needed. Unfortunately, due to the fact that sin entered the world with Adam and Eve, the eye, as does the rest of the body, deteriorates and needs help to maintain its usefulness, just as we do. Our help against ¡§sin deterioration¡¨ can be seen through the three layers of the ¡§tear film¡¨.

God the Father holds everything in this world in place from the revolving of the planets to the blink of the eye. He is the ¡§sticky coating¡¨ that fastens to the soul at conception and creates a longing for His love. When we finally recognize the need for God, just as the eye recognizes the need to produce tears, the watery layer is given.

Christ enters our lives by invitation and the cleaning of the irritants to God begins. He uses His antibacterial agents to fight off the infection of sin within. He cleanses every aspect of life, just as the watery layer cleanses our eyes. Even when we ¡§blink¡¨, allowing irritants to God to enter our lives, Christ uses it to smooth us out and bring about clearer vision, just as the eye uses the blink to spread the watery layer evenly over the eye.

God then uses the Holy Spirit to ¡§seal the deal.¡¨ The Spirit resides with us and coats us with Christ¡¦s healing oils and urges us not to allow the good done by Christ to evaporate. By conviction of the conscience, the Holy Spirit oils the spirit with the truths of Christ and allows understanding of the truth of God and His Word.

There are so many things in this world that draw us from God, but wherever our eyes wander there is something that will remind us of our loving Savior. The next time your tears start to flow, or your vision blurs and you blink frantically to clear it, remember the three layers of your ¡§tear film¡¨ and how God designed them to work together perfectly. Just as He designed us to long for his triune holiness, to be watered by him, and to be sealed as His for eternity.

Member Comments
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darlene hight10/11/04
This is a well written article. I don't think that I was able to fully enjoy it do to the strange formatting errors but I could tell enough to know it was a well thought out piece.
I don't have a clue why it formatted thhis way when I pasted it into the box. I tried numerous times to correct the punctuation errors to no avail.

Sorry for the inconvenience and confusion this makes in reading the article.
L.M. Lee10/14/04
now this was neat...seeing the sealing of the Holy Spirit in connection to tears.

very nice!
Robert Drury11/09/04
Loved the analogyof the trinity to the three layers of the tearing process! A fine piece of prose. I wish I could help you with the formating problem, it is the only flaw and it detracts from an otherwise outstanding work.