“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.  They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.”

Isaiah 61:1-3

 According to my Bible’s commentary, these are the promises of Jesus, as He quoted this passage during His time on earth (in Luke 4:16-21 and Matthew 11:5).  I love His promises to be with us, to give us comfort and strength!

 -Erin

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