and break up your unplowed ground;
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
like poplar trees by flowing streams.”
call on him while he is near.
and the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn to the Lord,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
which will not be destroyed.”
because the Lord has anointed me
to preach 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,
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 gladness
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.”
How about you?
What is your ONE WORD for 2013?
Please visit Deeper Story One Word 365 to find out more and learn about other people’s words for the year. You can even share your own.
You might also like to read my poem Rebound.
The picture at the top of this post is from earlier this evening. While waiting for my husband in the car in the driveway, I caught this view of rain on the windshield, with my sons’ well-lit bedroom window in the background. Rather abstract and a little bit artsy, it will probably be my submission to the P52 / Sweet Shot Tuesday photography challenge next week.