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Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. (Psalm 126:5)

Gerhard Hamm

Crying is a natural human quality. You can cry out of grief, but also because of joy. You can cry out of anger, but also out of pity.

During a meeting in Siberia at which 11,000 people had gathered, I met a woman who was very depressed. She was crying about her own life as well as her daughter's, who she was very worried about. "Oh, help me please; I am so worried about my child. She is an alcoholic and drinks all day. Her husband has beaten her up many times. Her life is hell on earth, is there still hope for her?"

I told her that God is able to make all things new. He can set people free from sin, from alcohol and bad habits, so that we become a new creation. I found out that the woman had not yet decided to give her life to Christ. So I asked, "How can you expect God to do something for your child when you don't follow Him yourself?"

The next day, she came to the open air meeting again. She was beaming with joy through her tears. She cried, "I have given my life to the Lord. His peace is in my heart now and I believe that He can forgive and cure my child too. I will pray for it every day."

What a change! And the change will have its effect on her child. From tears to joy. "Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy." For God hears!

Writer for the month - Gerhard Hamm from Russia spent many years in prisons and labor camps in Northern Siberia.

Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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