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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Every growing season, we anxiously await weather reports. Will there be the right amount of precipitation for the abundant harvest we seek? While most of us may live farther from the fields than the Old Testament people of God did, folk living on the land know the shouts of joy and the tears of sorrow that the seasons bring.

In this Lenten season, we may have our own tears. For many of us, they may come from the suffering of severe sickness, the loss of loved ones to death or the struggle found in relationships gone wrong. Horrendous headlines break through whatever shelter we may know to speak of great suffering beyond our own skin. But perhaps these tears can be seeds out of which our creative Creator can bring joy. Surely, we will keep Lent's grieving these days, but we trust in the day that brings a new season.

Creating God, we bring you our tears and the tears of those who know not Your name. Work, we pray, your transforming miracle to bring joy to all who suffer. Amen.

Paul Sponheim
Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary
Master of Divinity , 1957

Psalm 126 (NRSV)

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.

2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them."

3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.

5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.

6 Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.