#Lent: harvesting joy (from tears)

Going through tough times and seasons of loss, sometimes we think we’ll never be happy ever (ever ever) again. But that’s when giving ourselves time to heal can help us move forward, one teary moment (& prayer) at a time.

“Those who sow with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
    carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with them.”

(Psalm 126:5-6)

“God of sowing and reaping, grant those moving from tears to joy the patience to wait, and the confidence to believe happiness will return.”  Sister Joyce Rupp, OSM

grace, peace & harvests of joy

Virginia : )

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8 Responses to #Lent: harvesting joy (from tears)

  1. Those teary moments are in-fact very healing in itself. I speak from experience. And then saying a word of prayer makes it even more better.
    A perfect verse to drive your point home.
    Beautiful flowers by the way!

    • Virginia says:

      Amen, Cyn. Once again the Gift of Tears (combined with prayer) is transformed with God’s healing love (even if it takes a long time!) Took pics of those flowers last spring @ Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA. (It’s a beautiful place!) Blessings & hugs!! 🌷🌟🌷🤗🌷🌟🌷

  2. My Carmel says:

    Beautiful sentiment and so true! Much love and blessings dear Virginia! ❤

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Patty. Sometimes the teary part is not so easy but there’s another verse somewhere that says joy comes in the morning (easier to see in bright Daylight!) Hugs! ✨💜☀️🤗☀️💜✨

  3. Sparkyjen says:

    Tears of joy are actually a healing balm. They’re warm, soft, and wet. In the moment, you may think, ah, this cannot be. I won’t believe it. Then, as time goes on, and your soothing balm continues works, your soften to the idea that time heals.

    I believe the tears help. I read something just yesterday that spoke to tears of joy, the melding of a negative and positive. Fascinating and biblical too!!!

    • Virginia says:

      Sparkyjen, I felt those tears of joy when my precious papa passed. Not happy tears, but tears of joy that his long years of suffering ceased & he is pain free for all eternity. Yet I also cried copious sad tears missing his presence with us. (Same when my mama passed.) Yet as time has passed there’s more joy thinking of them hanging out in the Heavenlies. Blessings & hugs! ✨💧🤗💧✨

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