April 3

Psalm 126:4-6

“Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.” vs. 6

There’s an old saying that packs a lot of truth into a few words: “What goes around, comes around.” It’s an affirmation of the cyclical nature of life on the journey and finds its roots in what we read in Ecclesiastes, “For everything there is a season…a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted…” The psalmist picks up on that theme and uses the familiar rhythms of farming to make his point. He says that our tears will be replaced by joy, just as surely as sowing is following by reaping. In fact he seems to indicate that weeping prepares the soil for the harvest…as the seeds are watered by tears they find the water they need to sprout and bear fruit. Many of us are familiar with that cycle. We know all too well the season of weeping…sometimes it even seems that the tears will never stop flowing. But they do, and one day we find ourselves smiling…and the joy is more intense than we ever dreamed possible. Even if that knowledge does not give comfort in the moments of deep darkness, it is a blessing to know that we aren’t going to be trapped there, that one day the sun will dawn again, and the pain will be at an end!

Thought for the Day: Why do some people get trapped in the season of tears?

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