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Rejoicing and Weeping

Ezra 2,3; Luke 8

“…all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple wept aloud…No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping…And the sound was heard from far away.” Ezra 3:11-13

The work of building God’s kingdom includes joy and sadness, laughter and tears. We rejoice with spiritual ‘breakthroughs’ and decisions to follow and obey Jesus; and we weep with the pain of sin of betrayal and the unmet expectations of what could be. The younger leaders returning to rebuild the temple rejoiced in God’s word being fulfilled. The older leaders who remembered the former glory of the temple wept at what had been lost.
Is there permission in our community of faith to both celebrate and to weep as we build the kingdom together?

”Father, I thank you that you are building your Church; the gates of hell will not prevail. I desire to both rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep as we join you in your great work.”

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“As I and some thirty others from North America were preparing to travel and meet with young adults from our region and from neighbouring countries to talk about peace in our day and age, it became evident that our country was in upheaval. Travel advisories gave one a sense of fear, yet as I did my devotional readings I was comforted by Matthew 6, which speaks of trusting in our Father who provides for us, and takes care of us. Our entire team felt that a conference aimed at working together for peace was even more necessary. Pray for this country, that it would find peace and, more importantly, the Prince of Peace.”

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8

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