“No more will anyone call you Rejected, and your country will no more be called
Ruined. You'll be called Hephzibah (My Delight), and your land Beulah (Married).”
– Isaiah 62:4 (The Message)
This promise is about the land being fruitful, and able to support us and our families. Many of us have family members who really wanted to live in South Dakota but weren’t able to make a living for their family here. As we prayed onsite over towns in our area, we could almost visualize the multitudes of sons and daughterse who should be there, but who are living and working and bringing creativity and abundance to other parts of the country.
I have first-hand experience with this exodus: one brother and his family left South Dakota unwillingly to make a home near San Antonio, TX. They have done very well in Texas, but they really wanted to stay here. I also have a sister who lived in Albuquerque before moving to Texas. She did not have the same tie to our state, but she would have stayed here if the economic potential had been better.