Today’s devotion is based on Psalm 126:5, “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.”
Psalm 126 is also a psalm about community. It is a psalm that recognizes there are times of sorrow and tears, as well as times of great joy. Today community is rapidly being overtaken by the rise of the individual and a focus on self.
Our identities are forged in and by our community. Reading the Bible together in a community brings believers together with each other and also with God. As we move through the Lenten season to the sorrow of Good Friday, we also move toward the joy of Easter because Christ died for all. Indeed, he accepts each of us as individuals, as unique children of God, but together, we are a stronger community in Christ.
Lord God, you understand that we can be self-centered and interested only in our benefit. You also understand our suffering as you endured suffering and death for us. Draw us together as your community, so we can be filled with the joy and laughter of being your people. Amen.