It was great to kick off the Garden to City Bible Reading Challenge with Psalm 119! I love the way it frames the reading for the upcoming year.
For the rest of the year, the readings are divided into “series” that focus on certain themes or topics. Since we have just entered the Lenten season, the first series will be “Tears.” Lent is a season that historically focuses on reflection, remembrance, and repentance as we prepare ourselves for Easter. The books of Job (why bad things happen to good people), Jeremiah (the writings of the weeping prophet), and Lamentations (songs of mourning in exile) capture the tears of the people of God. At the end of Lent, we will read the book of Mark as we prepare to enter into the celebration of Easter.
As we read the books in this series, what tears do you need to bring to the Lord? There are tears of loss, tears of repentance, tears of joy, tears of sorrow, tears of regret. In Psalm 56:8, the writer says, “Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record?” (NIV) God knows every tear that you have shed because he has recorded them. Ask God to give you his perspective on tears.
The Tears Series