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Tears in Heaven was an iconic song written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings about the pain Clapton felt following the death of his four-year-old son, Conor, who fell from a window of a New York apartment, on March 20, 1991. Clapton, who arrived at the apartment shortly after the accident, was visibly distraught for months afterwards. This song is one of Clapton’s most successful, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the U.S.

Clapton stopped playing it in 2004. He was reported saying; “I didn’t feel the loss anymore, which is so much a part of performing those songs. I really have to connect with the feelings that were there when I wrote them. They’re kind of gone and I really don’t want them to come back, particularly. My life is different now. They probably just need a rest and maybe I’ll introduce them for a much more detached point of view.”

I’ve been a fan of Eric Clapton for a long time. I can’t imagine the level of pain and suffering Clapton went through with his experience of losing his son.  I can imagine that there were plenty of tears in heaven.  The song gets me every time.  There are plenty of examples of people who have suffered more than they should, where there is no explanation, where people point their finger at God and say, “Where were you?” At the time there are no answers, God is always there, but at the time, it is usually of little comfort.  Often it is only later that we find God was there in the middle of it all.

I came across this in Psalm 56: 8:

 You keep track of all my sorrows.
 You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
 You have recorded each one in your book.

I’m not sure why God would collect our tears in a bottle and record each one, but it is somehow comforting.  Here’s my reflection on how I believe God is there with us through the hard times.

Collect Your Tears

For all those times
As you held your fears
I held you tight
When you wept your tears

For all those times
When you felt so scared
I drew you close
As I always cared

For all those times
When you felt alone
My angels comforted you
And led you home

In all those times
I wept with you
In all your tears
I cried them too

So just be still
And know I am here
I know your sorrow
As I collect your tears

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