Prayer of Assurance
by Amanda Vogel
after Isaiah 61
He has come to
bind up your broken hearts
proclaim freedom from your captives
release you from prisons of darkness
There is hope in the aftermath:
On your head, a crown of beauty will replace ashes.
On your feet, the oil of gladness will replace mourning.
On your body, a garment of praise will replace despair.
You are great oaks of righteousness,
rising up from strong roots.
You will rebuild out of the ancient ruins of your past.
You will repair the long-destroyed relationships in your cities.
Scarlet to white.
Crimson to wool.
Captive to free.
Broken to whole.