Nehemiah 8:9-12

During the Lenten season, members of Faith Lutheran Church have written our daily devotions.  Today’s writer is Greg Funchess.


9And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. 10Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” 11So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.” 12And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them. Nehemiah 8:9-12


Has Sunday become not such a fun day?

Is the holy day a go out and eat guacamole day?

Do we sometimes get lost in thoughts,

leaving our stomach’s in knots,

searching for something that is pointlessly sought?

Are there times of doubt,

washed down with a stout?


We all do this I bet,

but we must not forget,

that Sunday is the Lord’s day,

a day to go out and play.

We need not be sad,

rather we should be glad,

for this is a day to celebrate,

a day to commemorate,

the life of Christ.


Let us pray:  Heavenly Father, let your joy fill me and give me strength to release my burdens, trusting you to guide the way. Lord let your love fill me and work through me to be a blessing for others in need. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 


One Response to “Nehemiah 8:9-12”

  1. Bernie Hess Says:

    Even though I lead worship on Sunday I do everything in my power not to schedule anything related to work after worship and enjoy the rest of the day as the psalmist suggests; “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Thanks for reminding me of this truth.

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