This building is across the street from my office in the inner-city of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. (The park adjacent to it and the alleys behind it have been some of the most violent in Cincinnati during the last decade.) Now..., a developer is restoring the building and having to completely replace the mortar on the back wall and one half of the wall pictured. The bricks are good, but the mortar apparently needs to be replaced - hence an expensive and aggressive overhaul just to bring make the building safe and usable. Seems like there is a metaphor here? God seems to take people from their worst position in life and bring restoration to their lives through His indwelling Spirit where He "slowly" rebuilds and restores their (our) lives. He uses the same materials, but now He is the adhesive that holds a life together and changes behavior. Just a thought from my office view. Scott Bowers