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Nehemiah 2:2   Thought/Prayer:  The Downcast Face of Sadness.  Topics:  2 at end.

“So the king said to me, “Why is your face sad though you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of heart.” Then I was very much afraid.”.  (NASB®) http://www.lockman.org (Read this scripture and more at 

When Nehemiah was sad about the situation with the walls of Jerusalem, the king whom he was serving as cupbearer, Artaxerxes of Persia, noticed that this his cupbearer was sad.  He asked him about it.  Nehemiah explained his grief over the walls of Jerusalem, his home town, that the walls were down and the city vulnerable.

Artaxerxes granted Nehemiah permission to go to Jerusalem and lead in the rebuilding of the wall. 

But the defining moment of realization for the king and his cupbearer (wine-taster for poison) was Nehemiah’s sadness.  A question:  Are we ever so disturbed about the way things are going, whether it be in pro-life work, concern for our nation, concern for family and friends, that it’s noticeable?  Not that it should be – we can feel plenty of empathy and concern for situations and individuals without going around long-faced and downcast.  But sometimes no matter how we are dealing with life-situations, sadness will show through in our faces or in other ways such as in our body language.  Or perhaps others see us as “just not quite ourselves.”

Can feeling sad be a good thing?  Or maybe the question should be, do we care enough about others, or pro-life affairs, to show even a shade of the downcast shadow?  To feel a twinge of sadness over someone or something?  And if we are never downcast, does it mean we don’t care?

Well, not really.  Each individual displays concern or worry differently; some rarely show any emotional state.  But if our hearts are breaking for one reason or another, perhaps it is because we “do care.”  Although generally unwanted, being sad over something or someone can be a step toward calling on God for His perspective.  Not that we will suddenly become cheery-faced and all perky.  But sharing with God all of our concern is one way to begin working through it. 

Lord, help convict our hearts over that about which You would have us be saddened in Your work.  Help us to be concerned enough to be “down” at times . . . but never “out.”  Help us to take our concerns for LIFE issues and our nation so seriously that we may at times show a bit of sadness over it all.  But, Lord, we trust You to bring us back to the positive after we have asked you to intervene in any situation bringing a downcast heart.

Topics:  Pray for conviction unto sadness but also joy in trusting the Lord.
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