and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy 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 61:3 (NIV)

Each one of us is faced with a choice as we observe the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack. To be sobered by what happened is appropriate, but staying in the grip of fear traps us in the past and blind us to the opportunities that are before us. Our heavenly Father takes our mourning and applies the healing oil of gladness. He wants to take despair and turn that to praise. This is not a day of being casual or glib, but let this day be a reminder that God takes horrific situations and redeems them in ways that remind us of His grace and mercy. Don’t let the past keep you captive; let God turn you into an oak of righteousness.

Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

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