The Kemper Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin was alight with candles and music and bells last Saturday as I sat in the Easter Vigil service with Light of Christ Anglican Church. After the final reading, “The Gathering of God’s People,” (Zephaniah 3:12-20), we sang together.

We will feast in the house of Zion.
We will sing with our hearts restored.
He has done great things, we will say together.
We will feast and weep no more.

“We Will Feast in the House of Zion”
by Sandra McCracken and Joshua Moore

I closed my eyes and began to cry. I pictured myself alone in the midst of a broken stone building, crumbled all around me. I was sad and as broken as the rubble.

I looked to my left and my right; I knew it was time to rebuild. I began by lifting a stone and setting it back in place. I lifted another. Then I stopped.

There were too many. They were too heavy. I sat back down in the middle of the ruins and began to cry.

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As my tears fell, I became aware of people gathering beside me. They started picking up stones, rebuilding with me, doing for me what I couldn’t do on my own.

I cried for a while. I told God, “I can’t do this. It’s too hard!”

He did not say I didn’t have to, only, “You are not alone.”

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