‘Afflicted city, storm-battered, unpitied: I’m about to rebuild you with stones of turquoise,
Lay your foundations with sapphires, construct your towers with rubies,
Your gates with jewels, and all your walls with precious stones.
All your children will have GOD for their teacher – what a mentor for your children!
You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness, far from any trouble – nothing to fear!
far from terror – it won’t even come close!’
– Isaiah 54:11-14 (MSG)
In Isaiah 58:12 (GNB) the prophet continues to say, ‘Your people will rebuild what has long been in ruins, building again on the old foundations. You will be known as the people who rebuilt the walls, who restored the ruined houses.’
What a beautiful promise from the Lord our God. Reading this reminded me of how the exiles returned from captivity and rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. In Nehemiah 3, everyone involved in the building project is mentioned by name, and it is also very specifically noted that each one built in front of their own house.
Now this got me thinking two things:
- This was a community responsibility. Every section of the nation took part in rebuilding the wall. It was not left to only one group or tribe.
- Every person needed to make a decision and commit to it. Each one took ownership of building the section in front of their own house.
This year God promised that He would rebuild the walls of the Hatfield Children’s Homes.
We often look at broken down walls and see them as a huge a mountain to be climbed. We think of how much we already have on our own plates, and the thought of adding one more thing makes us want to run for the hills. But God is not asking us to take it all upon ourselves. All that is needed is for each person to lay their own brick, collectively the bricks begin to form a wall– and before you know it, the entire house has been rebuilt.
In the same way that the whole nation was involved in the Jerusalem building project, God needs us in order to fulfill this promise.
At our three children’s homes we are building on emotional, physical and spiritual levels. And we would love for you to be a part of this exciting project.
We each occupy specific sections in the city, whether it’s education, medicine, logistics, discipleship or prayer. Whoever we are, and whatever we bring is just what is needed to lay a brick in the wall of hope that God is building in these homes.
Think of your own calling, gifting and position. What can you bring to your specific section of this wall?
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