Beauty for Ashes
How can God give me beauty,
When I have ashes left in life?
I have to forgive those in my past,
And not hold onto the strife.
Others have done me wrong,
And they did not treat me fair.
You have to let all that go,
And accept the love and care.
Bless those who curse you.
Forgive days that have gone by.
Replace all of your bitterness.
Wipe the tears from your eyes.
Use those troubled days behind.
Put on your garment of praise.
Walk boldly in righteousness,
For the rest of your days.
Walk with your head held high.
Don’t look to the ground,
Because God has a plan for you.
There are people all around.
Someone needs your help,
They understand your pain today.
They are seeing that you made it,
And that you have found the way.
They want what you have.
They want peace, joy, and love,
You can show them your Savior,
That is covering you from above.
1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 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.4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
The world is full of people whose hearts and spirits have been broken by circumstances in life. They may continue to walk in sadness. They may continue to be disgruntled by the way they have been treated. They may be in a downhill spiral, that they cannot seem to get out of. God may place you in their life, because something that has happened in your life is something they can relate to. They may need to see that someone else has suffered and still have found happiness in the end. You may be the rope they need to hang onto, while they are struggling and confused. Your life may point them to God, who can bring them the peace. God can give them beauty for ashes.