When I hear about something bad that happened in my town, I am very sad. I am sad because I know the people who were affected by the tragedy. I may even wonder if I did something wrong to make this bad thing happen.
Our Bible Reading tells us about Nehemiah. He was a Jewish man from Jerusalem who was living in Persia. One day Nehemiah learned about something terrible that happened in Jerusalem. The walls of the city were broken down, and this was causing many problems for the people in Jerusalem.
Nehemiah felt sad for these people. He cried and prayed to God. Then he confessed to God that he and other Jews had disobeyed Him. “We Israelites have been very bad to you. We have not obeyed the commands, rules, and laws you gave your servant Moses” (verse 7).
When we confess our sins to God and ask Him to help us, we are clean again and have a new start. Ask God to forgive you and help you follow Him.