Joy of the Redeemed

This past weekend was exactly what I needed! It was low-key and awesome. Now I’m ready for go-go-go again. Ryan made his first trip to Greensboro and we just hung out at the lake all weekend. I slept until almost noon Saturday and then we just watched football and basketball all day. The only reason I even changed out of my pajamas is we left to go get Holcomb’s for dinner. We came back to watch the Arizona/BYU basketball game on BYUTV. Yes, Bringham Young University has their own TV channel, and I get it in Greene County, Georgia. It’s channel 9,000-something, if you have Dish Network and care to watch.

On Sunday, we got up and went to church. I love going to church at Christmas and singing Christmas songs and lighting the Advent wreath. After church, we watched the Falcons game and I fell asleep during the 3rd quarter. It was a pretty boring game, but the Falcons won!

Anyway, our scripture from church was Isaiah 35. The subtitle for it was Joy of the Redeemed. I just liked it especially and wanted to share it.

The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
the splendor of our God.

Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
he will come with vengence;
with divine retribution
he will come to save you.”

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool,
the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
grass and reeds and papyrus will grown.

And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness.
The unclean will not journey on it;
it will be for those who walk in that Way;
wicked fools will not go about on it.
No lion will be there,
nor any ferocious beast get up on it;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
and only the ransomed of the Lord will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrows and sighing will flee away.


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