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“Restore our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the South.  Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.  He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”  (Psalm 126:4-6)

We find that we are in a place that is not home.  We are captives in this world of wickedness.  Yes, there is joy, but it is not our home.  The Lord promises to prepare us for the home He has prepared for those who will come out of wickedness and into His eternal presence.  Come then and be lifted up and out.  Be prepared to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Lord, continue to work on my heart that I would grow in wisdom and understanding according to Your goodness.  Lead me in the way of everlasting life that I would now and forever abide in the truth of Your presence.  Take away from me those things that would hinder me that I might become more like Jesus this day.  Guide me  O Lord, on the way to Zion that I would flee the captivity of this world.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for descending to us in order that we may ascend with You to abide with You forever.  Lead me, O Lord, this day in the way of truth.  Guide me by the leading of Your Spirit to sustain the hope You give.  May I be found walking faithfully with You this day, being led in the way that is pleasing to the Father.  Lead me always, my Lord and Savior.  Amen.