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Standing beside Dulce and Janet in the huge Catholic church of Tlalixtac, I decided to just be in the moment, present and taking one step at a time, trying to be humble and full of grace while being introduced to our town’s people in a very public and official way.

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Rejoicing and Weeping

Ezra 2,3; Luke 8

“…all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple wept aloud…No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping…And the sound was heard from far away.” Ezra 3:11-13

The work of building God’s kingdom includes joy and sadness, laughter and tears. We rejoice with spiritual ‘breakthroughs’ and decisions to follow and obey Jesus; and we weep with the pain of sin of betrayal and the unmet expectations of what could be. The younger leaders returning to rebuild the temple rejoiced in God’s word being fulfilled. The older leaders who remembered the former glory of the temple wept at what had been lost.
Is there permission in our community of faith to both celebrate and to weep as we build the kingdom together?

”Father, I thank you that you are building your Church; the gates of hell will not prevail. I desire to both rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep as we join you in your great work.”

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Please pray for this couple serving in Southeast Asia, and for the many pastors and church planters that they mentor there. Praise God that the churches continue to grow despite opposition to the Gospel, and pray for wisdom for those that provide training and resources for national leaders.

So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55:11

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