ADVENT 2017 — Belonging

I am blogging this Advent from #decolonizelutheranism’s Advent devotional, Shut Up. (That would be the sanitized version)

He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalms 126:6 ESV)

Reaping. Sowing.

You reap what you sow. You get what you deserve. You sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind. The bad stuff that happens to, well, it’ll all come back on you, times two and times three.

The verses right before our reflection text today says something a little different:

Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!

This is about the restoration of God’s people, and it speak of this already happening — “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream…”

We, who have borne the sorrow and the shame of our comeuppance — and yes, I speak a great deal of the consequences of sin, faithlessness and idolatry, because I can conceive of no love that redeems apart from the need for redemption. Because Israel is so cognizant of its sinfulness in scripture, understands that the condition they are saved from they caused in the first place.

And we who languish in a place of darkness and exile, a place that like Sheol is a place without God, have learned — even here, in this Godless place, God is with us. We who have wept have been delivered.

We who have sown tears have not reaped a flood.

The Lord is doing great things for us. And we are glad.

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