“Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.” – Psalm 126:6
When I was a child, my favorite church song was “Bringing in the Sheaves.” Being a city kid, I had very little idea what the song meant, but it was fun to sing, and people sang it with joy and gusto. The psalmist is speaking to the people in exile, and writes of the joy the people will experience when they return to Zion. In their time of bitterness and distress, they continued to sow seeds in hopes of a harvest of joy and thanksgiving. A verse from the hymn – “Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness,
Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve; Waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.” If you’re not familiar with it, find it on the internet and take a listen – it’s guaranteed to lift your spirits! And as you listen or remember, consider this – where are you “sowing seeds” in the world today?