A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: Our college students; that they may make good decisions; that they stay connected to their faith and shine their light to others.
Scripture: Psalm 126
Key Verse: 5 “May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.”
Reflection: This particular psalm is known as one of the Song of Ascents. In ancient biblical times, when people travelled up to Jerusalem for festivals and holy days, they would sing these songs along the way. This group of psalms recounts events in the life of the nation of Israel highlighting God’s saving grace. Psalm 126 remembers the joy the people experienced when the exiles returned from captivity in Babylon. It is a wonderful psalm to read or pray after being delivered from a difficult life situation.
Having come through the suffering of the exile, the Psalmist notes how the good things that are happening to them feel unreal – like a dream. People are filled with laughter and joy in a way that they weren’t before life tested them. We, too, remember our tears as they are being replaced with joy. We know that because of adversity, we will never be the same again. Recently, I heard someone refer to the tears and the joy as a way of “enlarging your soul”. When difficult events happen in our lives we have the opportunity to face them, accept them and lean on God and each other for support. In this process, we are transformed – our faith deepens and we grow. Of course, we prefer to avoid struggle or suffering, altogether, but that is not possible in this life.
Remember – when trouble ends we will rejoice because the LORD is the one who delivers us. If you are struggling today, there will come a time when the tears you have shed will turn into shouts of joy.
Prayer: Faithful God, we see things so much more clearly in hindsight. Forgive us for doubting your presence. Help us to put our full confidence in you, in the good times and in the bad. Lead us in your way. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].