Belle City Church - Give them Beauty for Ashes

Joining again with the #Five Minute Friday Community of writers to write for 5 minutes on a one-word prompt. Today’s prompt is: Redeem

I don’t know about you, but I have certainly been in the midst of tragic, painful circumstance which I have seen no way out and thought that is the way things would always be.

However, no so! God has redeemed my situations – not magically, not over night, not suddenly, not even noticeably! But He has, over the years, He has changed not just my circumstances, but changed me!

    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—

to bestow on them a crown of beauty – instead of ashes,

the oil of joy  –  instead of mourning,

and a garment of praise    instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

    a planting of the Lord  for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61:3

That is what God has done for me, through hard work, through diligence, through working my own programme, God has redeemed-

instead of ashes – a crown of beauty

instead of mourning – joy

instead of a spirit of despair – praise

He has made me an Oak of Righteousness, a planting for the Lord for the glory of His Name.

Whatever our messy story – God can Redeem it!

7 thoughts on “Redeem”

  1. By His slow and patient labour,
    the Craftsman doth repair the vase
    to fill deep cracks with golden favour,
    bringing beauty from the flaws
    that Earthly life has magnified,
    and turned to fissures of the soul;
    but Craftsman’s work has dignified
    the ugliness to make a whole
    of the tumult-history
    of what had been once fair, unlined,
    and thus reveals the mystery
    that by trials we are refined
    and in scars’ grace we understand
    the loveliness of nail-scarred Hands.

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  2. Yes! I believe so much of redemption is him offering comfort and kindness as we change and grow through the struggles. Good word. Thank you!

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