Beauty From Ashes: A WOV Lenten Journey
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion–to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”
The prophetic words of Isaiah give us the hopeful message that in spite of our broken human condition our lives can be made whole. But, our vision so often focuses on the ashes, the shattered dreams and broken relationships. Are we willing to journey through those hard places and embrace the mystery of God’s sovereignty? Is it really possible that brokenness can be re-formed into something more beautiful?
This Lenten season Women of Vision will share their personal reflections on this blog. We invite you to create the space in your schedule to reflect on their stories and consider how God may be transforming your own journey and reforming your ashes into a crown of beauty.
by Beth Yeager, WOV Chapter Leadership Advisor
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