My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip

My Nehemiah Trip

Pastor Robert encouraged taking a ‘Nehemiah Trip’ through our city. Just, he says, as Nehemiah did in Jerusalem long ago as the children of Israel returned from Babylonian captivity. Pastor had woven himself through his own home streets of Denver, Colorado, in order to prepare his sermon and to get a sense of the man called Nehemiah.

Around 432 B.C., Nehemiah had ridden through Jerusalem in a way as never before. Slowly. Thoughtfully. With compassion.

He saw the need. The walls of his beloved city and temple needed rebuilding. Badly. They were crumbling. Nehemiah carved every inch of the sad-looking city onto his heart as he nudged his mount carefully through the streets and the broken down Dung Gate.

A decision was made to stay and help rebuild the city walls and the temple. This was at the time a second segment of the children of Israel had returned from exile. More is found in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.

Pastor summarized by encouraging us to take a look at where we came from and where we are present. He spoke of souls and cities. Cities and souls. In need.

What does this story say to me? Much, actually.

I have begun to think of my city and of my old neighborhood. I will drive or walk slowly through the streets of my city, of my old neighborhood.

This will be my ‘Nehemiah Trip’ through both, but seeing with new eyes. I will capture in my heart, mind, and soul every scene, every smell, every remembrance I can, as I open my soul to the city…and to the souls in the city. I will look for walls I can build up once more, for what needs to be done.

 

An ambitious goal, but a small piece I can take from the story of Nehemiah’s task of rebuilding a sacred city and sacred temple.

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Jude Urbanski About Jude Urbanski

Jude Urbanski’s passions are ‘people and places.’ She writes women’s fiction featuring strong inspirational romance elements. Her stories invite you to heroes and heroines who spin tragedy into triumph with help from God. First published in nonfiction, Jude continues to write in this field also. Editing services complete Jude’s repertoire.

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