Psalm 126

A 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 it was said among the nations,
   ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’
The Lord has done great things for us,
   and we rejoiced.


Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
   like the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears
   reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
   bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
   carrying their sheaves.

What do you dream about that our political reach prevents us from doing or supporting?

Do you dream of a day that undocumented immigrants will have full healthcare and protection under the law?

Do you dream that transgender prisoners will receive the care they need and are free from violence and harassment?

Do you dream of a day that foreign aid is increased to end global poverty, disease, and the water crisis?

Do you dream of a day when it is safe to be black?

Do you dream of a day that our Palestinian siblings are equal to our beloved siblings in Israel?

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 it was said among nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us and we rejoiced.”

“Restore our fortunes, O Lord…”

In God’s vision, this does not mean the rich; this is even often beyond the middle class. This plea is for low-income people and for anyone facing economic exploitation.

“Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like in the watercourses in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.

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

With God’s help, may we make it so.

 A Season of Becoming: Restoring and being restored for the transformation of the church and world

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