“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book” (Psalm 56:8, NLT).

When we mourn or have sorrows, we often long for someone to hold us close and cry with us, to truly get our pain. But many times our tears are shed in private and our deepest sorrows are not shared or understood even by those closest to us. To anyone who has ever cried (that would be everyone who has ever lived) this verse is probably the most comforting in the whole Bible.

God is the one who knows us so intimately he understands the tears even when we’re not entirely sure where they come from. He sees, understands and remembers each of them as we struggle through the as yet unanswered questions, including the biggest and most often asked—why all the suffering? Life hurts, God cares, and our tears do not go unnoticed.