I do a lot of my crying while I'm in the shower. Why? So no one will see my tears, hear my sobs, and know how much I am hurting, I suppose. Perhaps because in the past my tears, and the reasons for them in the first place, have gone unnoticed or at least unacknowledged, making me want to hide my feelings and emotions and put up invisible walls for protection and self-preservation.
But there is One who always sees, always hears, always knows...and He cares. Psalm 8:56 even suggests that he collects all the tears I shed, whether in joy or in sorrow, and keeps them in a special bottle (or 'lachrymatory' for you wordsmiths). I have no idea how He would separate my tears from all that water in the shower, but I am sure that would be a very small task for Him!
I was just thinking...if our tears are this important to Him, should our own hearts not be touched and we ourselves not be affected and moved to action by the tears of others when we see them?