Men Don’t Cry

Jesus began to weep. — John 11:35.

Men aren’t supposed to cry. It is ingrained in us early, sometimes beaten into us. We can lose our temper, we can be violent, but we are not supposed to cry. It might be okay to cry at a sappy Hallmark movie like I’m prone to do, but cry because of the loss of a friend or a family member — “suck it up and never let them see you cry.”

Maybe John wrote this verse for a reason. He’s telling us that’s its okay to weep. There are times to weep. There are times to cry. As we commemorate September 11, as we almost reach 200,000 deaths due to an invisible virus, and as we lose a friend it is a time to cry.

Go ahead, Jesus gave us all permission.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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