Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Nehemiah 8:10

The book of Nehemiah is an interesting account of the people of Israel rebuilding the wall of their city and the foundations of their community after spending seventy years in exile. In chapter 8, Ezra, the teacher of the law, is reading the Book of the Law of Moses to the people. As they listen, it moves them to tears.

Nehemiah encourages the people to rejoice for this is a good day! I love what he says in verse ten. He tells the people to enjoy great food and drinks but then adds a really important clause: share with those who have nothing!

It moves me to read accounts of generosity in our communities and our nation. I encourage you to cultivate a generous spirit as you become aware of the needs around you. Bless others with the blessings you have received. And I believe you will continue to receive!

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