Mar. 15 – Friday                                                        Read Psalm 126

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the watercourses in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

 

from Richard Flowers, Shady Spring, WV  

            Lent is a time of both sorrow and joy.  The deep sorrow of the death of Jesus and the joy of the resurrected Christ.

Both are in our Psalm, our song as we ascend the hill of the Lord.  We can use the words of the ones returning to the Temple after a long absence to express our feelings in this season:  “The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.”

The Psalmist knows that those who planted seed in the desert of the Negeb planted in hope.  The Lord, only, could restore the water to bring life to the seed.

We live our lives also in that same hope.  The old hymn by Shaw and Minor says:

Going forth with weeping,

sowing for the Master,

Tho’ the loss sustained

our spirit often grieves;

When our weeping’s over,

He will bid us welcome,

We shall come rejoicing,

bringing in the sheaves.

Help us to see the promise of your saving love, Lord,

even when trouble or grief crosses our path toward you.

 

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