The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim 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 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.
- Pray they would be like those oak trees.
- Pray they would grow.
- Pray they would be strong and stand firm through all types of situations.
- Pray they would appreciate their differences and the special life God has for them.
- Most importantly, pray they would display the Lord's splendor.
I tried several times this summer to capture how majestic those oak trees are. Finally, I came to the conclusion that it cannot be done. Just as we cannot fully grasp the Lord's work. Praise Him for being beyond what we can imagine!