"But when I heard these words, I sat down and wept and bore sorrow for days, and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven" (Nehemiah 1:4)
Nehemiah means to give comfort. For our brothers and sisters worldwide, we wish this is the comfort that only God can give. Nehemiah worked inside the fortress of Susa as a cupbearer for the king. With his good job, the external security, the closeness to the king and his associated prestige, he had reached the top. Nehemiah had everything one would want. Many of us are in a similar situation as Nehemiah: in a secure fortress. What moves us when we hear of war and misery, ills in the world? Aren't we glad that these events are far away from us, don't affect us directly? Will we fall in line with Nehemiah and allow the distressing news of our brothers and sisters in faith to move us to mourning, fasting and prayer? Will we carry the sorrow and thereby help rebuild the broken walls?