"Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow."
from their Babylonian bondage,
when we come out of the darkness of our bondage of sin,
we begin a journey that will produce out of the barrenness
of the thorns and briers of our former life
the beauty and usefulness and value of the mighty trees
of a fruitful life of meaning and worth.
From the thorns of wickedness that painfully pierce us and others
will grow the tall and impressive life tree of freedom and release.
From the mass entanglement of useless briers
will grow the beautiful and fragrant myrtle,
the boughs of which were used to make the booths for the Feast of Tabernacles
that commemorates the Lord's provision for His people
as they wandered around their 40-year temporary dwelling in the desert
and embrace new life in His salvation,
we will grow in Christ-likeness and become His vessels
as He cultivates His life in us so we can be used
as a beacon and a shelter in this world around us.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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