Daily reading: Ezra 1:1-4, 3:1-4, 10-13
Tuesday December 15, 2015

Focus passage: But many of the older priests and Levites and heads of families, who had seen the first house, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this house, although many others shouted with joy.  Ezra 3:12

What we find in Ezra is a snap shot of what happens when the exiles returned home and how that affected the community.  Not everyone was taken into exile, some were left to live in the ruins.  Some remained behind and stitched life together as best as they could. 
Together they worked to mend what was broken when the soldiers from Babylon came in and tore down their walls and their sacred temple that housed the very presence of God.

A few years ago a treasured ceramic Christmas ornament was broken.  It was difficult to put the pieces back into place.  We weren’t even able to find all of the pieces so there is a sizable hole in the back of the snowman figure.  My husband searched the internet for a replacement and came up short.  

I found myself with a mixture of emotions of rebuilding the ornament and gluing together the fragments.  I felt both joy and sadness in the moment of piecing it back together.

God is present in our everyday living, ready to help us to mend what has been broken, knowing that the path of restoration can be mixed with both joy and weeping.

Prayer: Gracious God thank you.  Thank you for this day of life, thank that you have allowed us to wake up and draw a breath today.  We pray that you will grant us the wisdom and the boldness to live this day with courage and with commitment to the new world that you are at work bringing about in our very midst.  Give us Advent hearts; give us Advent hope, peace and joy.  Amen


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