Psalm 126:6-7 “Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.”
We are in a time of sowing tears. You, like me, have probably had many occasions to weep in recent weeks. Tears have come unexpectedly too – just one word in a news story or an email from a church member or even seeing photos of activities people are doing to make the “best” of this time of isolation will suddenly strike me emotionally, and before I realize it, my eyes are filled with tears.
We have all had seasons of life when tears were a large part of our existence...times of loss and mourning and heartbreak. These seasons are not new to us or to humanity, but they’re never easy.
What I find beautiful about the words of this Psalm is the reminder that tears can serve a purpose – that tears can “sow” and plant a “seed” that will, eventually, give way to something new and different. As many of us have experienced, weeping can eventually give way to songs of joy and we later find ourselves carrying sheaves (sheaves in the Bible were bundles of wheat or rye that had been harvested)...in other words, tears can be healing and can plant new life in our hearts and lives. Tears will eventually give way to new life.
But we are still in the season of weeping. We don’t know yet what our tears and weeping will sow – but we know that with God, something new and life giving can eventually come out of this season. I wonder what, in the months ahead, we will find? I wonder what our tears will sow – what changes will come and what will grow in its place?
Be well. This too shall pass. In the meantime we pray.