August 26

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

The psalmist had amazing insights about the journey of life, and he didn’t even have access to Dr. Laura or self-help books. There weren’t theologians or psychologists available for consultation–he had only the stories of his people and assorted wisdom sayings gleaned from various Hebrew sages. But those sources and his own observations inspired his writing and now, 2500 years later, his words have the ring of authentic truth. There is a rhythm to life and we have come to know that periods of suffering are the seedbeds for growth and fruitful living. Naturally we would like it to be different–suffering isn’t appealing to anyone. But we can’t avoid the days of weeping and tears–they come to us whether we’re ready or not. And when they come, some people are destroyed–they enter a cycle of never-ending depression. But others have within themselves the seeds that lead to recovery and an even better life. For them disorder leads to order, and they emerge from the struggle stronger than they were before. What are those seeds that lead to joy? The psalmist doesn’t say, but we know from our own experience that they are seeds of faith with a coating of resilient hope. People of faith with irrepressible hope can endure any crisis and will emerge from suffering with shouts of thanks and praise on their lips.

Thought for the Day: What are seeds of faith? Where do they come from?

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