This is our last day exploring the rebuilding work that God did through Ezra and Nehemiah. This chapter records a gathering of God's people wherein they take stock of their history, God's faithfulness and their current situation. The Levite preachers recount all the ways that God has been faithful to His people throughout their history in spite of how much they have failed Him. It is vital for us to understand the faithfulness of God in our lives, because if we don't, we will never have the strength or optimism necessary to stand up in the midst of the mess we have made and to try and rebuild our lives for God's glory. We need to truly feel and know the truth of what the Levite preachers are declaring to God's people here: that He is, "a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and has not forsaken them." (v. 17) There is always hope for a better day ahead for God's children. While this "sermon" in chapter 9 is very realistic that there will continue to be present consequences from our past failures, (vv. 32-37) it still holds out the hope that God's ear is always open to an authentic plea for help and forgiveness. This is true because our God is a rebuilding God. Let us never forget that the end of this present age will come as the Lord returns to His creation makes everything new. He wants us to experience some of the beginning aspects of this work even now. God give us eyes to see it.