Yes a week unparalleled
As we gathered in accord
And the old man took his station
Reading from God’s Holy Word.
We had long neglected it
And harvest went.
But the reading now was glorious
And the meaning Heaven sent.
With new ears we heard the mandate
Eat and drink and blessings share.
And those Booths again
We’ll build them.
Not a sad face, not a care.
Had it really been since Joshua?
We had gone ahead without?
If the weeping is forbidden
Then by God, you’ll hear us shout!
Back to homeland, back to pray
Walls rebuilt, no more to stray.
Doug Blair, Waterloo, ON
Note: Just imagine. A society gathered and made to see, really see, its shortcomings before the Living Word. And priests and scribes all around giving “the sense of it”. And holy lights turning on in many hearts. And intense weeping made to stop in order that the lavish celebrations of Mercy might proceed. This would be revival. Nehemiah is all about mechanics of revival.