All day this verse was on my mind:
"He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted...
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 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."
Our family has been grieving for the last few weeks as we said goodbye to our
Pop-pop...and it seemed like the gloom had settled in and made itself at home for a while...
and then yesterday, God gave us the sunshine for the second day in a row...reminding me of His promises...
Here's how they work:
We give Him our broken hearts...He hands them back whole.
We mourn...He comforts us.
We cover our heads with ashes...He lifts the ashes and gives us crowns of beauty instead.
We grieve...He pours liquid joy on us.
We despair...He cloaks us in praise.