Lent 5: A Season of Tears

Psalm 126*The 5th Sunday of Lent – for Sunday, March 13, 2016

“Let those who plant with tears reap the harvest with joyful shouts . . . (Psalm 126:5)

tears.4The writer of Psalm 126*, as if breathless with enthusiasm, wrote,

Let those who plant with tears reap the harvest with joyful shouts . . .

However the journey of Lent refuses to ignore the tears. The sobbing. Wet, red, mottled cheeks averted in shame. A head buried in hands. Eyes like burst dams.

Frederick Buechner cautioned, “Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention.”

When did you last cry?


No, really . . . why?

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Last year we welcomed a new puppy into our lives. Long before Kynzi’s first birthday, she faced surgery. A small percentage of golden retrievers have some form of elbow dysplasia, an inherited defect in bone formation. After multiple appointments with various vets, we drove three hours north to an exam room at the University of California Davis. My wife and I are fortunate to be near Davis, one of the top teaching hospitals for veterinary medicine. In a dull room with yellowed linoleum, surrounded by vets in white lab coats, it became obvious Kynzi required surgery. Continue reading →

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