After the Last Tear Falls, There is Love



Breckenridge with Gwen, my old roomie in Poland, and Joy

Flowers, beauty, outdoors and Colorado cool days, fills me up. I adore flowers and mountains and so today was spent driving to our beloved town to show my sweet friend a good Sunday.

However, I am bejiggered, if indeed that is a word. Since May 18, I have only had 4 days when we did not have company staying at our house. It’s just one of those summers–weddings, fires, ministry stuff, friends who needed a get away, friends of my children who wanted to come to California. And now I am enjoying a week with my sweet old roomie, Gwen, who has not been able to visit for some years. However, her mom passed away this spring and she is here for a family time of rest and fun.

Having so many in my home means more dishes, less sleep, more expenditure of my self and body. Yet, I have been so enjoying each person and feeling that I am so very blessed to have a home in which people can find sanctuary. It is something I have wanted to build my whole life–and now it is truly a retreat for my family, for Clay and me and for others.

But we shall be fasting for about the next 3 weeks, so that no more dishes have to be washed and no more food bought and prepared! :)

A habit of ours for all the years we travelled together, was to listen to our favorite music artists as we meandered the mountain twists and turns and marveled at the swaying aspens, dancing of the wind through the pines and the cotton ball clouds that tickle the mountain tops.

Hours of singing and quietly listening to the mellow tunes occupied much of our ride today.

Andrew Peterson, a friend of our family through the Rabbit Room and Sarah and Clay, writes such heart-felt messages into the poetry of his music. This song deeply ministered to my soul today as I leaned gently against the window, took in the beauty of the greens and blues and pondered how wonderful it will be when all tears have been cried, all sighs and weariness spent, and Jesus will be waiting, waiting with His overwhelming, generous love.

I hope as you ponder the lyrics, they will also touch your heart.

And how are you this summer? How is your heart? How is your soul? I would love to know.

photo flowers Breckenridge

After The Last Tear Falls by Andrew Peterson (on the album Love and Thunder)

After the last tear falls
After the last secret’s told
After the last bullet tears through flesh and bone
After the last child starves
And the last girl walks the boulevard
After the last year that’s just too hard

There is love
Love, love, love
There is love
Love, love, love
There is love

After the last disgrace
After the last lie to save some face
After the last brutal jab from a poison tongue
After the last dirty politician
After the last meal down at the mission
After the last lonely night in prison

There is love
Love, love, love
There is love
Love, love, love
There is love

And in the end, the end is
Oceans and oceans
Of love and love again
We’ll see how the tears that have fallen
Were caught in the palms
Of the Giver of love and the Lover of all
And we’ll look back on these tears as old tales

‘Cause after the last plan fails
After the last siren wails
After the last young husband sails off to join the war
After the last “this marriage is over”
After the last young girl’s innocence is stolen
After the last years of silence that won’t let a heart open

There is love
Love, love, love
There is love

And in the end, the end is
Oceans and oceans
Of love and love again
We’ll see how the tears that have fallen
Were caught in the palms
Of the Giver of love and the Lover of all
And we’ll look back on these tears as old tales

‘Cause after the last tear falls
There is love



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  1. Lynda Crane says

    I loved this song! My heart has been crying for my 21 year old daughter. She loves Jesus, but keeps making such poor decisions when it comes to boys. Right now she is living in Texas with her boyfriend ( who claims to love Jesus too) . They met in rehab. Yeah, rehab. She is a sweet girl but feels worthless due to all her past mistakes with boys. Please pray she comes home soon and stops searching for her self worth in young men. My heart is broken once again!


  2. says

    Thank you for the encouragement in a stolen moment from everything that is happening today. Just came home from the pediatrician, which was wrecking.. We moved here about 9 months ago with our 3 children (6, 3 and almost 1 yo) to take care of 3 mental handicapt people who live with us in our home. I can relate to your pile of dishes ;) and the energy it takes to have people in your house non-stop. the difference is these people have found there home in our house, and wont leave.. any time soon. It’s been a rollercoaster ride for our family. So much has happened, good and bad, but God has been taken care of us so tenderly, we are carried by His love! so I can say.. it is well with my soul! thanks again for being a gift from God to the people around you and online..

  3. Lillian says

    Sally, my heart is very heavy. We recently moved to SC and after 5 months, we have been thinking does God really want us here. Even though nothing opened up back home and the door that opened up was in SC, we have been recently contemplating going back home. I hate moving, the kids and I are desperately wanting to settle somewhere for a while and really call it home. Please pray for me and my family. It is very hard not knowing where God really wants us. It has been so stressful. We have moved 6 times in the last 4 years…it is time to settle….

  4. says

    Sally, thank you so much for sharing this. It blessed me greatly this morning, and so I just wanted to introduce myself. I spent two years on a church-planting team in Poland, from 2000-2002. I loved it and I am still connected with many of my Polish sisters and brothers in Christ. I was in Czestochowa. Where were you and what did you do there?

    I, too, long to have a home that is a place of retreat and rest for others. My husband and I are working together toward that long-term goal.

    Thanks so much again for sharing this song and your wise words.

  5. says

    Hello Sally! Thank you for the beautiful post today….I just love coming here to get all the encouragement that you give each day :)

    I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately…all of our friends are out of town on vacations, our dishwasher has been broken for 3 weeks, and the kids are so restless everyday…it’s all a bit overwhelming. But I’m really enjoying our church’s summer bible study for adults and being a little bit lazy every day, taking more time to read with the kids, or taking them to the park.

    Hope you are having a great summer!

  6. says

    Thank you Sally! Your blog is a huge encouragement to me.

    My extended family has been dealing with my youngest sister as she is really rebelling. My parents are heartbroken as she has moved out and is hurling insults and hurtful words at them. My husband and I try to offer support and listening ears, but it is so hard to see them hurting so much.

  7. says

    Sally, I am relatively new to your blog. I find it so soothing. The song is beautiful although I have to admit, I’ve had to choke back tears but hey, I think a good cry can be cleansing ;) Thank you for sharing.

  8. Josette says

    I enjoy your blog so much. I always find your “mama’s heart” that touches mine. Having homeschooled my two oldest, who are 18 (daughter in local community college living at home) and 17 (son, a senior who will graduate from our homeschool this year) and having always had their company I find myself struggling with the changes of them growing up. I find it hard to do gracefully. My youngest daughter has Down syndrome and at 11 still needs a lot from me. I am finding it hard to be as present for her as she needs while I’m struggling myself. Probably, I’m perimenopausal as well :) I know the Lord will see me through, but I don’t find this to be my favorite phase of parenting :)

  9. Miranda says

    Andrew Peterson is one of our favorite artists. What a great song!
    Thank you for sharing.

    Also, I have your book “Our 24 Family Ways” and was wanting to go to the web site and print out the scripture memory review cards. But everytime I try to go to your web site ( it sees it as a file that it doesn’t know how to open rather than a web site. Would you happen to know why this is happening or what I need to do differently in order to get to the actual web site?
    Thank you for your time!

  10. Sarah says

    Sally, Thank you so much for your encouraging post. I am a new mama and have found so much encouragement and have helped shape my purpose as a mom. Thank you! My heart is feeling torn these days. I will actually be moving to Monument in a few months for my husbands job. We are from the midwest and all our family and friends are very close by. I have not told anyone that we will be moving and it is weighing heavy on my heart. I do not want to leave my family as I am very close to them and I know how sad they will be. We have a great community with our church as well and feeling anxious about having to find a new church and community! I am on the other hand excited to live in Colorado and raise our family there! Please pray that I learn to trust and lean on God through this!

  11. Sally says

    Sweet ones,
    I so appreciate hearing from each of you and I am praying for those of you who have such burdens right now. May His peace and comfort follow you each day.

  12. Patricia says

    Dearest Sally, thank you for introducing me to this beautiful song and wonderful musician. I listened to his other songs because of you and know that the message from his “Light to a Lost Boy” is truly a gift from God to me. My own son is trying to find his way. Thank you, Sally, for fighting for us. The Body of Christ is ever so grateful.

  13. says

    So good for you and Gwen to have this time together.

    I was just sharing with a homeschooling friend who now has only her youngest at home that it has taken me about a year to get comfortable with an empty nest.

    It is now not a door shutting but one that holds opportunities… and less dishes. :)

  14. Remaining Nameless says

    How am I? Crying and listening to this song.
    Feeling a little bit like a parenting failure. And tired. Just tired.
    The children and I are visiting my family up north. Today we were at the beach and a little issue turned into a big issue – which is often the case lately – with my 6 year old daughter.
    Anger, defiance, disobedience. What happened to my sweet girl?
    I’m at a loss.
    So after the time out failed and the spanking never succeeded since she wouldn’t allow me to spank her, I left my older son with my parents/brother and sister-in-law and the cousins, gathered the baby and we left the beach.
    Right now I am sitting here at moms place wanting to go home and bury my head under the blankets. The baby sleeps and the 6 year old baby-turned-big-girl sleeps too, A nap is good for everyone. Maybe I should have had one so I would have wisdom to help our situation…

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