Nehemiah said: Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks and send some to those who have nothing prepared. (Nehemiah 8:10)
When the wall was rebuilt it was celebrated with a feast. All the people gathered together to listen to the word of God. After years of suffering and shame the word of the Lord was being read again.
The people wept when they heard the word of God. Tears of happiness, but also tears of sorrow. Sorrow over sins they had committed. It is good to grieve over a sinful past, but there should also be happiness because of the forgiving love of God.
"Be still, for this is a sacred day. Do not grieve" (Nehemiah 8:11).
After that Nehemiah called the people to think about others also, those for whom there was nothing to celebrate. "Send something to everyone for whom nothing is prepared, a portion."
Real happiness and thankfulness is characterized by sharing. The people understood the command. They counted their blessings and shared them with those who had received nothing.
There is still a blessing in giving. "A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed" (Proverbs 11:25).
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