…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.
For those who follow my blog, THANK YOU! Truly, I’m very touched that anyone would WANT to read the ramblings and struggles of someone in the depths of grief. One thing I notice, and have been warned, is that my emotions are a rollercoaster with the highs and lows rolling one after the other. You may notice that one day I just want to give up on everything, and the next, I’m filled with joy. Yes, this is honest reality for me, and I’m adjusting to expecting the unexpected.
Beyond emotions though, I do hold an enduring belief that God IS with me, though I see him not. I do look for his guidance, comfort, words, even when my seeing is bleak. I am choosing LIFE when despair hits me. Hope ebbs and flows for me, but I pray that I continue to choose life when no hope is found. But even more, that I will trust hope when hope eludes my sight.
And so, my prayer oh God, please hasten to me your crown of beauty, your oil of joy, and your garment of praise. Sincerely I want to be an oak of righteousness, your planting, that displays your glorious splendor.
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