When I heard this, I sat down and cried. I mourned for days. I continued to fast and pray to the God of heaven.
God hears when you grieve.
Nehemiah heard stories directly from Jerusalem’s survivors about the horrors of his homeland. The holy city’s wall lay in ruins, and its gates had gone up in flames.
Nehemiah listens and weeps. He mourns for days, humbling himself and fasting. Even as he weeps, he worships his great and awe-inspiring God for keeping his promises and showing mercy to his people. Nehemiah takes ownership of his sins and the failures of his family and nation. He clings to the Lord’s unchanging words in Deuteronomy 30:1-5, trusting that God will bring his people back from this misery. As Nehemiah reminds the Lord that he speaks for Israel, he pleads for God’s attention and announces his intention to worship him.
Grief brings a mysterious, robust mix of pain and rage, disbelief and regret, restlessness and hope. As you talk to God, he invites you to open up about every thought and emotion rumbling inside you. His love creates the safest space for you to express your grief.Inspired by Nehemiah 1:4-11