As I was praying about what to share with you this week, I came across these passages. I hope that they speak to you as you go through the Holidays.
“If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”
As you come to the place where you can release people – even those who have not repented to you for wrongs done and those who continue in their abuses toward you and others – the stopping of giving people “the finger” – condemning them; and that includes condemning yourself, you will find strength return to you that has been stolen through emotional prisons built by unforgiveness and the maintenance of “high walls” to keep pain out.
If you can focus on the pain of those who are suffering and seek to be a respite by giving even a “cup of cold water” to help them, your light shall dawn in the darkness and soon you shall live as in noontime rather than midnight. Depression shall begin to break and life will begin to be fun again and make sense again.
Old waste places shall be places to bless you and others and no longer shall the “city” of your life be empty but filled with purpose. You shall be given a new name. Instead of “Broken” and “Destitute” – you shall be called “Repairer” and “Restorer.”
This is the heart of God and His will for you. Your part is to say, “Your will be done” and then receive His guidance!
Holidays are “holy days” – days of change for the better! Why so?
Because they are set apart – not for us to focus upon what we have or do not have but for an appointment with God. I pray that these days will serve their purpose in you and that you are energized and blessed!