"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
BEAUTY FROM ASHES
by Nan Jones, guest blogger
Fire flamed. Ashes fell
Beneath the sapphire sky.
Its brilliance halted by charcoal trails
That begged the question why.
Why the destruction? Why the pain?
Why must the spirit concede?
When fire flames and ashes fall,
And cause the heart to bleed?
Charred and broken, dusted in ash,
A mind in despair doth mourne.
But the spirit looks to the sapphire sky
From whence its hope is born.
And though the charcoal trails still rise
To blacken the sapphire sky,
A shaft of light from heaven's throne
Descends as grace draws nigh.
God's Light on devastation does fall,
His Presence the chaos does cease.
His glory descends, His voice commands
Beauty from ashes.
© 2013 Nan Jones
ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF MY FRIEND TEE-TEE BARNES! THANK YOU TEE-TEE!
Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for Christians to find encouragement in God’s Word and comfort in His Presence. Nan’s devotions have produced a far-reaching impact across the nation and globe due to her online presence. She has been published in three anthologies: Ultimate Christian Living, Diamonds in the Light: Exceptional Women Showcasing Their Gifts, and God's Word for God's People: 2013 Daily Devotional. She has also been published in the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire, and has been featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, "The Perils of a Pastor's Wife" which will be released in late fall/early winter by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When Nan is not writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord." You many visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com or her blog, Morning Glory: http://morningglorylights.blogspot.com/. For personal communication you may email Nan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2013