"For the happy man prayer is only a jumble of words, until the day when sorrow comes to explain to him
the sublime language by means of which he speaks to God."
 ~ Alexandre Dumas

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.
They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.
They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”

~ Washington Irving

"The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you'll never have." - 
Søren Kierkegaard

The Psalms "bring every mood, every moment into God's presence
as praise, lament, adoration, perplexity, despair, hope, and commitment."
~ N.T. Wright

"Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart
is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound."

Proverbs 25:20

“...new life starts in the dark. Whether it is a seed in the ground, a baby in the womb,
or Jesus in the tomb, it starts in the dark.”  
~ Barbara Brown Taylor

"I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil." ~  JRR Tolkien