December 9

Psalm 126

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

It’s hard to know sometimes just what it is that triggers the growth of the spiritual fruits that have been sown in our hearts by our Creator. The psalmist has a suggestion that may bear some consideration. He links weeping to the whole cycle of planting and harvesting, and the connection is intriguing. We learn from our environment that “big boys don’t cry” and that tears are a sign of weakness, but it just might be that our learned reluctance to show emotion is a primary cause for our barren lifescapes. Perhaps our tears are the water of life that our spiritual gardens need to blossom and flourish! We already know that our strongest connections with hurting people are made on the basis of our common suffering and that when we reveal our pain to others we open the door to love. If this is true, and experience tells us that it is, then our much admired stoicism in the face of suffering does no one any favors. As Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” And more than that, those who mourn also become blessings to all they encounter, as their tears trigger the production of abundant and joy-filled love! As the psalmist has put it, those who go out weeping shall return with shouts of great joy!

Thought for the Day: What good has come of my weeping?

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