Weeping as Sowing

After posting the quote from Augustine’s Confessions, I read Psalm 126 and found it quite fitting:

Psalm 126 (HCSB)

A song of ascents.

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Our mouths were filled with laughter then,
and our tongues with shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD had done great things for us;
we were joyful.

Restore our fortunes, LORD,
like watercourses in the Negev.
Those who sow in tears
will reap with shouts of joy.
Though one goes along weeping,
carrying the bag of seed,
he will surely come back with shouts of joy,
carrying his sheaves.



Let them turn back, and seek You,
for You do not forsake Your creation
as they have forsaken their Creator.
Let them only turn back,
see! there You are in their hearts,
in the hearts of all those who confess to You,
who fling themselves into Your arms
and weep against Your breast after their difficult journey,
while You so easily will wipe away their tears.
At this they weep the more,
yet even their laments are matter for joy,
because You, Lord, are not some human being of flesh and blood,
but the Lord who made them,
and now make them anew and comfort them.

— Augustine of Hippo, Confessions, V.2.2