He will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
(Even though His people had experienced
the devastating consequences of their disobedient and evil choices,
the Lord declares He will redeem them out of their ruin and exile.
He will turn the desert of their lives
into the perfection and order and beauty of Eden,
making them a garden in which the Lord, as the husbandman gardener,
creates and plants and nourishes and dwells.
Today, He still declares that He will take the wastelands of our lives,
the ruins, the suffering and hardship,
and turn them into gardens of rejoicing and refreshing,
a place where His presence brings peace and order and nourishment,
a place where the joy of the Lord will swell up from inside us,
and a place where we will dance and sing in thanksgiving.
Because He works for the good of us His called,
including even all the heartache in our life as we walk in Him,
we can rest in thanksgiving and hope,
rejoicing in His provision and guidance today!)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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