This term we are thinking about the Old Testament period where God's people were returning to Jerusalem after being in exile for many decades.
They had to rebuild houses, the city of Jerusalem, the temple and the walls of the city. They had to renew the community that their ancestors had been part of.
After 12 months of being "sidelined" in one form or another due to COVID, we are beginning to live life with less restrictions. How are we going to rebuild and renew our lives? When we were very restricted you probably made some promises to yourself about how life, habits and priorities would change. The experience of the exiles help us rebuild our lives and reset our priorities.