I started a Lent devotional today. I know this is going to be good- I read an Advent devotional by the same author in December- it was excellent. This is pretty much a first for me, I have read Michael Card's A Violent Grace during the Easter season a few times,(which, by the way, is a powerful book. It does for the bookish/word oriented person what The Passion of Christ does for the visual/screen oriented. Highly recommended.) But I don't recall any other Lent/Easter type devotionals. In my true, if one book is good then two books are better, philosophy I am doing two Lent devotionals this year! I have had these books and been looking forward to starting for weeks. So today is the day, and the first reading was on the prodigal son and the joy in heaven over repentant sinners- good but then at the end an additional Scripture reading: Isaiah 61:10-11. Wow! Have I ever read these verses before? I must have, but here they are in all their new freshness:
I delight greatly in the Lord;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of
and arrayed me in a robe of
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a
and as a bride adorns herself with
For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make
righteousness and praise
spring up before all nations.
That makes my heart soar!