The Lord Be With You Today!
Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem,
(Where once our lives bore the scars and wounds of exile and trouble,
now we as the people of God lift praises to Him
because He has delivered us from the same kind of bondage
that His people faced in Babylon.
He has not left us there to die, but He delivers us.
Now, what once had been the ruin and desolation of our lives,
like Jerusalem, destroyed by the onslaught of the enemy,
we now turn to a shout of songs of praise for God's faithfulness to us
as He replenishes and restores our lives from out of the ruins.)
for the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem.
(Although we may have been residing in the trials before us for "70 years,"
even as Jerusalem had been desolate for 70 years,
the Lord was faithful in His promise to deliver His people
and to restore His people's beloved homeland.
Today He is still faithful to us to answer our heart's cry to Him
and to comfort and redeem the lost places in our lives.
His redemption is here and a powerful gift to us today.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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