Call On God

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them." The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like watercourses in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. Psalm 126 (NRSV)

Jesus began to weep. John 11:35 (NRSV)

Helder Moises Mangumo is from Maputo, Mozambique. When they said goodbye to Helder's sister at the airport, they had no idea the difficulties she would face, She was young and had chosen a medical course at a boarding school. And it is never easy to live far from family and friends.

She often called their mother to cry, saying that she wanted to quit the course. But their mother and Helder gave her what strength and encouragement they could. Helder had also attended boarding school, so she knew how difficult it can be to cry and not have a shoulder to lean on.

After more than eight years, she was glad to see her sister dressed in her graduation gown and their mother dancing and singing songs of jubilation. She thought back to the many times their mother wept from seeing her daughter almost undernourished because of her study schedule.

Sometimes as we go through difficulties we feel that our whole life will be hard. But just as Helder's sister called them to cry over her fears, Helder has learned that we can also call on God. Through prayer we can share our struggles with God and find relief from any situation. Regardless of the difficulties we face, God always holds our hand.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for listening to our prayers in times of difficulty, in Jesus' name, amen.

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