i’m reading in ezra about the rebuilding of the temple in jerusalem, and i’m struck by one verse that says, “no one could distinguish the sound of shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise.” this is because while some rejoiced in the building of a new temple, others wept over the loss of that which came before. my footnote remarks that a babylonian cornerstone reads: “i started the work weeping, i finished it rejoicing.” how applicable is that cornerstone to so many foundations in our lives. much of our work begins in tears and struggle, yet God completes work in us that both glorifies Him and causes us to rejoice. a rough start is not a bad thing. the end result and the journey therein bless the struggle that came before.