A Christ-Centered Christmas: Beauty for Ashes

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”
Isaiah 61:3​


The two things I want to emphasize are the beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning.  I’ve been talking to a lot of women who are dealing with some really difficult things that are ongoing and excruciatingly difficult and trying to find understanding and the beauty in it.  They are still down in the ashes.

I want you to consider, what is an experience you’ve had in the recent past that didn’t happen in the way that you’d hoped or expected it would?  Consider that experience as I talk about the Majesty of Jesus Christ.