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Nehemiah 8:9 And 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.
It doesn’t take exile to separate us from our life-giving traditions. It is much easier for a community to lose touch with its roots slowly and imperceptibly. As a young adult, I rediscovered the full riches of the Christian sacramental and liturgical tradition. I felt like Nehemiah’s returned exiles who are hearing the law again, for the very first time. And I too, more than once, have wept in joyful thanksgiving and sorrowful repentance.
MOVING FORWARD: What traditions have you left by the wayside? Why?