“They’ll be a workforce to be proud of, working as one, their heads held high…” Zechariah 10:10 (The Message Bible)
Zechariah and his partner, Haggai, were given the task of gathering the people of Judah to rebuild the temple that had been ruined. It was their preaching that revived the spirit of the people so that they could form a workforce needed for the big task.
My church takes part in the Habitat for Humanity effort to build homes for a family. Recently, I learned that the homeowner has to contribute at least 200 working hours (with the help of family) in order to qualify for the home. Wow–could I do that? I’m amazed that volunteers give their time to build a home for someone they don’t know and may never meet. But when the keys are handed over to the new owners, volunteers proudly gather and share pride in their group effort.
My large motor skills are not a great asset to lend to a construction project. However, a part of me wants to be part of a workforce on such a project. Perhaps there is something I can do to assist…sweep sawdust…paint primer on walls…clean brand name labels off windows?
Dear Lord, help us look for ways to work together to build community. Amen.