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Psalm 126:1-6

Song of Ascents. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad. Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negeb! Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

I do not understand that last line, the going out in weeping during the planting season. Granted, I was a city boy and the family farm was not part of my life during planting season. But I did know, even at that young age that the planting was done in anticipation of the harvest.

But harvest, a totally different matter as the farmers and their wives gathered, farm by farm for the harvest. The men shared equipment and labor, the wives prepared banquets, and we, the sub-teens got to drive the smaller tractors carrying water to the laboring men. Nothing like the Iowa sun and a field full of oat sheaves to create a thirst.

Ah, yes, it was a time of joy as we met together to harvest the LORD’s bounty.

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Reading

Morning Psalm 29, Noon Psalm 119:73-80, Evening Psalm 22

An alternate Reading Plan is based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.

Or set your own reading schedule up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits. But a daily time in the Word of the LORD is an absolute.

 

John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.
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