Daily reading: 10 December
Sow in tears.
Something to read
Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negev. 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.
- Psalm 126: 4-6 (from full reading Psalm 126).
Something to think about
When rain falls in the Negev mountains, the water is collected in hundreds of tiny rivulets that flow and combine into ever-larger streams – and eventually end up in large rivers, hundreds of metres wide. The Psalmist uses this imagery to remind God’s people that hardship (in this case, exile) and loneliness are not permanent; God is working to turn tears into shouts of joy, and isolation into community.
So much of the work of Christian Aid may seem small and even inconsequential at first, but each act of justice and compassion engenders others until the benefits flow fast and true. When you engage with the work – even if it’s just a quick prayer – you are part of an irresistible river of justice, mercy and compassion that flows through the world, bringing God’s intent to fruition. Together with God, we can see lives changed for the better, like a desert turned into fertile land.
Something to do
Take time today to notice where you – or others around you – are ‘sowing in tears’. Do what you can do to bring joy into the situation where appropriate.
Something to pray
Soften my heart to the pain of others, help me be a source of compassion, joy and blessing.
Today’s contributor is Andy Campbell, a former London Regional Coordinator for Christian Aid.
Published on 10 December 2020