A commentary on today’s lectionary psalm (126) suggests that it was written to express “the joyous return of the Hebrew people from exile in the East.” In the meditation that followed that commentary, there was a striking paragraph that seemed better than anything I could offer this morning so I repeat it here for your consideration.
In this Psalm the earthly experience is seen as a seed-bed for the ultimate harvest. We sow now, we shall reap later. The ultimate question is, what are we sowing? If tears are the precious seeds of the future, what does that teach us about suffering? (Ancient Songs Sung Anew, p. 327)