Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. Psalm 126:6-7
As with all psalms, we have to be honest and recognize that they were written for their own time and people, just as our hymns are today. Which doesn`t mean that they have nothing to say to us today. In fact, today, perhaps more than at any time in history, we have a view of our world that does indeed move many of us to tears.
At times, it can seem like all of our efforts to change things are fruitless. No matter what we do, the world remains stubbornly mired in greed and exploitation.
We have to remember that it takes time for a seed to grow. Unlike Jack and the Beanstalk, whose seeds sprouted overnight (and led him into trouble as a result) the change that we want to foster in the world, the good news of our inseverable interconnectedness with Theos, takes time to mature.
Each action we take, each change that we make, contributes to the transformation of a world of sorrow and injustice into one of a mature humanity of compassion and equality.