Finding Blessings In Ashes

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Sometime’s life burns us.

Many of us walk through life burnt 

by our experiences.

  • Pain.
  • Failure.
  • Divorce.
  • Betrayal from friends.
  • Sickness and disease.
  • Death of loved ones.
  • Loss of jobs and careers.
  • Romantic relationships gone sore.
  • Disappointments from family members.
  • And as we go through life, many of carry our ashes in jars.

We carry around our ashes in the form of pain and bitterness, not willing to let go.

Despite all the pain, bitterness and ashes that we carry around, can we learn to find beauty in the ashes? 

Can our ashes carry blessings despite their ugliness and dolor?

Many centuries before Jesus came to this Earth, the prophet Isaiah prophesied 

about his ministry telling us that Jesus would come:

“To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Isaiah 61:3

Even to this day, Jesus is still able to give us 

Beauty for ashes, 

Plenty for ashes

Pleasure for ashes

Healing for ashes

Blessings for ashes

Laughter for ashes.

Thank God, we can find beauty in our ashes. Katie Noah Gibson courageously shares her experiences in how she found blessings in the ashes. She starts her inspiring post by saying: 

“I flipped the kitchen calendar to April this weekend, as a mix of snow and sleet swirled down outside the windows. This wasn’t quite the April Fool’s blizzard of 20 years ago, but it was still a proper nor’easter: more like February than April. Both Nature’s clock and my internal one seem to be off……”

via The blessing in the ashes — cakes, tea and dreams

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