There is an old “truism” that proposes: “There is no more pain in the world than one person can bear. But all the world’s pain can be contained in one cry.” The New Testament bears witness to this aspect of the truth by both opening and closing with tears. The gospels begin with a cry: “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled because they are no more” (Matthew 2:18). And the Bible ends with a cry: “I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered for the word of God and for the testimony they had given; they cried out with a loud voice, ‘Sovereign Lord…how long will it be before you judge and avenge…'” (Revelation 6:9, 10). Jesus himself suffered the truth of life’s tragedies when, in pain and despair, he called out from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). The truth is life is full of surprises, not all of them good ones.
- John 18:33-38