(I’m following these prompts for the 12 Days of Christmas)
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.
This just looks like a mess, doesn’t it? But if you look closely you can see an empty bird’s nest. It’s in a bush just outside my front door. I know that in the spring, the bush will take on new leaves, and a sparrow will return to the nest and start a new family there. “And all will be made new!”