From Tears to Celebration

I love the Psalms

We cried on the way to plant our seeds,
    but we will
celebrate and shout
    as we bring in the crops (Psalm 126:6, CEV).

396 Newly planted rice stalks, Nagoya, Japan — photo by David Kitz


This week’s I Love the Psalms theme is celebration.

All those who like tears and suffering, please raise your hand. Did your hand shoot up in response to that request? No, you say. Well, if it’s any consolation, I didn’t raise my hand. Tears, pain and suffering are things I avoid at all cost. But strange as it may seem some of the greatest human triumphs come directly from experiencing suffering or loss.

On October 9, 2012, Malala Yousafzai was taken off a school bus and shot in the head by the Taliban for the ‘sin’ of seeking an education. But miraculously she survived. Despite tears and pain she has…

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