February 3, 2019

Reading Nehemiah 4: 1-6 (NRSV) In today's reading, the Jewish people are working at re-building their city. Leaders of neighboring peoples mock their efforts. "Will they restore things? ...Will they finish it in a day?" The Jewish people ask God to turn the taunts back on the heads of their neighbors. And they continue to … Continue reading February 3, 2019

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January 21, 2019

Reading Nehemiah 2: 1-10 (NRSV) Have you ever been nearly paralyzed with fear when beginning a scary task? Nehemiah was. I suspect that Martin Luther King, Jr., was, too, at times. Nehemiah was grieving for the plight of his people. So was MLK. The ruler wonders why Nehemiah grieves. Nehemiah fears repercussions but explains anyway. … Continue reading January 21, 2019