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September 30, 2013, 12:00 AM

Repairing one brick at a time...

"The Valley Gate was repaired by Hanun and the residents of Zanoah. They rebuilt it and put its doors with their bolts and bars in place. They also repaired a thousand cubitsof the wall as far as the Dung Gate.The Dung Gate was repaired by Malkijah son of Rekab, ruler of the district of Beth Hakkerem. He rebuilt it and put its doors with their bolts and bars in place. The Fountain Gate was repaired by Shallun son of Kol-Hozeh, ruler of the district of Mizpah. He rebuilt it, roofing it over and putting its doors and bolts and bars in place. He also repaired the wall of the Pool of Siloam,by the King’s Garden, as far as the steps going down from the City of David." - Nehemiah 3:13-14

In the book of Nehemiah, we are told of how God's people came together to rebuilt a city that had once been destroyed.  We are told of how each clan, each family did their part to ensure the future of this great city.  I know it seems odd to choose this Scripture out of all the details that describe the rebuilding of the city, but stay with me for just a second.  Between the Valley gate and the Fountain gate was the Dung gate.  One has to admit that the Dung gate does not have a very pleasant name.  How would you like to be responsible for or have the legacy of having repaired the Dung gate? Truth be told, this was actually an important gate.  It was a gate where remains from the temple/city would be taken out to be burned.  What would the city do without a way to get rid of such materials.  What would our cities do without its waste management systems? Not a pleasant thought, is it? 

Every part that is done to repair a city is important...every part.  This also goes for the church.  Last night after church services, we discovered that we have an issue with one of our air conditioning units.  We have some repairs that need to be done...not glamorous work.  It's behind the scenes, but has to be done.  Repairing a church building is done one brick at a time, just like the "great city" in Nehemiah...one brick at a time.  It takes time and effort.  All of the work is not glamorous ("Valley Gate" or "Fountain Gate") some of the work has to be done simply so we can function ("Dung gate").  However, in the end, God will bless the hands that rebuild His city and work for the good of His kingdom.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant


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