The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; Is 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; Is 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. Is 61:4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolation's, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolation's of many generations. Is 61:5
And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vine dressers. Is 61:6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord; men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. Is 61:7 For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. Is 61:8 For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Is 61:9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed.
I absolutely love that scripture, lengthy though it may be. :) It signifies hope to those who feel hopeless. So many people today are hurting, it almost overwhelming to see.It is almost impossible to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is there dimly lit at first, but keep on keeping on, you will get closer to it. In order for you to reach that light, you must NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give up. That is too easy. It takes strength and a made up mind to continue on. Beauty for Ashes. From devastation to restoration. See yourself as being victorious, in spite of the situation (s). Continue to believe and then pursue. Happiness is a state of mind and action (s) pursued. Now, is the time to do those things you’ve always wanted to do. Stop allowing fears and doubts to handicap you. Life is too big, too grand to sit back and let it pass you by! Let’s go get it!
Enjoy the poem below "Beauty for Ashes", by Poet Christina.