How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion ‘ your God reigns.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
Such rich words to stir us on in our waiting. Let us not lose these words and the outworking of these words in the fuzzy glow of candles, soft music and to do lists. Let us hold fast to these words and remember and live out the reason Christ came into the world. Not for a whitewash clean up but for deep rooted redemption and restoration, that God may be glorified and that we may be called oaks of righteousness.