Failure can be like that - unexpected and like a punch in the gut. But other times it happens with little fanfare or even notice. It gets shrugged off and we move on to something else.
This Sunday, February 8th, we continue with the story of the Israelites as they get the opportunity to return to their home after nearly 70 years of life in exile in Babylon. But it's not simply an opportunity to return to Jerusalem. It's a mission to rebuild the temple. However, it doesn't go smoothly and, after struggling against many challenges and harassment, they turn away from the task and put their efforts toward other things. God has to send two prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, to get them back to work on the job he'd given them.
When we experience failure in our lives -- either failing to accomplish our own goals or following through on what God has called us to do -- we need to remember that it's not just up to us. We have a God who not only has a wonderful future for us, but promises to be with us and assist us in accomplishing it.
I hope you will be able to join us as we remember that God is greater that our failures. Take some time to read chapter 19 in The Story or the book of Ezra.