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Isaiah, a Jewish prophet, under the influence of the “Spirit of the Sovereign Lord,” proclaims he is anointed to declare freedom and hope to those of us who are broken, wounded, bound, imprisoned, ashamed and despairing. (Isaiah 61:3)

Hundreds of years later Luke, a Gentile physician and follower of Jesus, writes in his account of Jesus’ life that “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit” after His baptism (v1) and walking “in the power of the Spirit,” (v14) intentionally finds these words in the scroll of Isaiah one Sabbath, reads them to the crowded synagogue in His hometown, sits down and with all eyes fixed on Him, declares “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (v16-21) (Luke 4)

The message each is proclaiming is of both the mercy and the grace of God! At a minimum, Mercy is a just God not requiring we serve the sentence or pay the debt we have earned and deserve. At a minimum, Grace is a just God, not voiding or setting aside that sentence but, instead, serving that sentence … paying that debt … Himself, in our place, despite not being guilty of the offense. They are both so much more than that. But, for now, those definitions will do …

The Isaiah passage contains one of the most amazing promises and some of the most beloved words in all the Scriptures. It tells us God will trade with us. I call it the Divine Exchange!

He will “… bestow on [us] 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. [We] will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord, for the display of His splendor.” (NIV)

His splendor is neither found nor seen in the broken condition in which He finds us. It is displayed in His repairing that condition.

I also find this truth in the 9th chapter of the Gospel of John. The disciples ask Jesus who sinned, a man they encountered or his parents, for the man to have been born blind. Jesus answers it was neither sin in the man nor in his parents that he was blind. Instead, it was that the works of God might be displayed in him.

His splendor is not displayed in the destruction and suffering life brings to all those living in a fallen world. It is not displayed in the plans and weapons our enemy crafts and forges to use against us. Nor is it, as Jesus affirms, displayed in the consequences we create that are harvests from seeds sown in our own sin and choices. If that were true Jesus would have left the man blind …be ready to see His splendor displayed in you!

Rather, the splendor – the glory – of God is displayed in the healing and transformation of our lives by the grace of and the mercy of God.

Just a chapter later, Jesus doubles down on this when He defines His role as the Good Shepherd by declaring, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:21 makes it clear this part of Jesus’ conversation took place in the context of the healing of the blind man.

The original idea for this site was for me to have a place to share pieces of my story. Lessons learned, struggles overcome, failures reversed. So that you might see some of His splendor in His rescuing of me. During the planning and building stages the Spirit encouraged me to invite some friends to do the same.

Our goal is to give you hope. You are not too far gone. You are not a lost cause. You are not beyond redemption. Nor is it too late. He can and He will transform you. He will trade you all your junk for all His goodness. It doesn’t matter what you have done or how long you have been running. He can fix it all …

He gives beauty for ashes, joy for mourning and praise for despair … He’s done it for millions. He’s done it for all of us here. He’s done it for me. He’ll do it for you …

Welcome again, our new friends! We’re glad you’re here. Enjoy your visit and feel free to share our site with your friends. Reach out and let us know about what God is up to in your life. Each of us is reachable in the site.

For the display of His splendor ~