“What are you requesting?”

“Now I had not been sad in his presence. And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of the heart.” Then I was very much afraid. I said to the king, “Let the king live forever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ graves, lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” Then the king said to me,What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ graves, that I may rebuild it.” – Neh 2: 1-5

This is our heart, mine and Dane’s. The Lord has given us a burden for a people, he has called us to go. Our heart is there already, though for a time we remain where we are. But our hearts beat with this note of sorrow…and hope; the city of our Father lies in ruins, but it can be rebuilt. Those who know us well have seen the burden of our hearts long before we even spoke of it. They saw when the Lord began to press it upon us, and we wrestled out our response. We are in a new season now, one where we are sharing our hearts, where we will be asked, “What are you requesting? What are you asking of me?” And our response will be, “That you send us, that we may rebuild the city.”


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