Monday, August 24, 2009

Beauty Will Rise

This is the name and the cover of Steven Curtis Chapman's new album coming out November 3rd. An explanation of the picture can be found on his manager's blog for those who are interested in knowing more about it.

The reason I'm sharing it with you is because this seems to be the message God is trying to get across to me right now. First, it was that He really is good; even if life circumstances seem to declare otherwise. Then this picture of life and beauty rising from the devastation of death and destruction came across my path.

When Jesus first began His ministry, He introduced Himself by quoting these words in part from Isaiah 61:1-3: "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord...has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 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."

Beauty instead of ashes. Gladness instead of mourning. Praise instead of despair. It's true whether I believe it or not. Lord, help my unbelief.

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