What did the people who weren’t working do to give protection?
Nehemiah served as governor for ___________________without pay.
How long did it take to rebuild the wall?
LESSON: Notice that when the people worked to rebuild in a difficult time, they cooperated together. Everyone had a job to do and they did it. Likewise, we need to labor together to do our part and help others when we can.
Prayer: Dear God, I will do my part, and I will seek to work with others when possible. Amen.
THE ROSETTO EFFECT
In the early 1960’s, a doctor told the Head of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma that heart disease seemed much less prevalent in the town of Rosetto than in its neighbor, Bangor. This set in motion some remarkable research. Rosetto was a town of 1,600 Italian-Americans. Every home in the town had three
generations living in it and the sense of community was very tight. Teams of medical researchers spent time in Rosetto trying to determine why the rate of heart attack was so much lower than nearby Bangor. There were many different comparisons made--diet, genes, physical environment. In the end, health officials
tracked the secret to good health in Rosetto to a close sense of community, very strong bonds of family and friendship. The head of the research team wrote in his report: “In terms of preventing heart disease, it’s just possible that morale is more important than jogging or not eating butter.” Interestingly, the initial research
team predicted that the health benefits would diminish as successive generations ‘Americanized’ and lost their tight knit sense of community. A fifty-year study found their prediction to be accurate.
Source: research reported in “The Roseto Effect: A 50-Year Comparison of Mortality Rates” American Journal of Public Health, 1992