The Valley of Tears is the vessel that holds the hostile truth in which we are baptized. In the Valley of Tears, we stew for a lifetime like pickles in a barrel of toxic brine.

The Valley of Tears is as foul as Eden was fair - as hostile as Eden was hospitable.

As we pass through the Valley of Tears, we eat the bread of adversity and drink the water of affliction .

The Valley of Tears is hostile territory. In the Valley of Tears, we find ourselves behind enemy lines in no man's land . We are in danger. Our predicament in the Valley of Tears is dire.

Eden and the Valley of Tears are Opposites - Polar Opposites

The serpent turned the Garden of Eden inside out, topsy-turvey. In Eden, God planted a garden filled with the flowers of happiness . In the Valley of Tears , the serpent planted an "anti-garden" filled with the weeds of misery .

In the Valley of Tears, God lets us put our fingers into the flames to learn for ourselves that the fire is hot. The Valley of Tears is a classroom in which the pedagogy is cruel - brutally cruel but effective.

The rod is not spared on the children of Adam and Eve in the Valley of Tears. Spare the rod and spoil the children .

The Valley of Tears is the womb through which we must pass in order to be born again into paradise.