“Stones in the Dust” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Nehemiah 2:17-18


Sometimes life tears us down, and we feel broken and battered. In those moments, all that is left to do is begin rebuilding. In the passage from Nehemiah, Nehemiah gets permission from the Persian King to go back to Jerusalem and begin rebuilding the city, for the Babylonians sacked the city and took Israel into exile before they were conquered by Persia. For 70 years, Jerusalem lay in ruins, but by God’s will Nehemiah took groups of Israelites back to begin rebuilding the city. It is in these times of rebuilding that God works to rebuild us. These are the moments that we can draw closer to God, grow and become stronger people. The rebuilding process can be long and it can be painful, but to grow closer to God through the process is one of the greatest blessings you can have.