I am so excited that Kezia joined the team I made on the Dressember Isaiah 61:1-3.
A team is support. It is fellowship and friendship. A team works together to accomplish a goal. A team is “together we can do more”. A team says we support each other.
About a week or so ago Kezia posted on my facebook that she was going to join me. I asked if she wanted to do a team and she agreed. About 12 hours ago she officially joined (reminder: it is never to late to join the team… come on, let’s make a difference together!) the Isaiah 61:1-3 team.
When I was thinking about a team name the verse “oil of joy instead of mourning” came to me. I thought what could that verse be talking about. I looked it up and here is what the verses around it say:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 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.
I love the context surrounding the “oil of joy for mourning” verse. I love that in verse one it talks about being sent “to proclaim freedom for the prisoners” and that in verse three it talks about those who are in despair will be “oaks of righteousness”. In general, when I read these verses I was amazed and so happy that that was what the verse was about. Immediately I began to think how I could use it in my campaign.
Everyday I put on a dress is a meditation. A strong thought that is deliberate and purposeful. I am meditating about how I get to choose the dress and others do not have the ability to choose anything.
I will talk more about the meditation on Wednesday week.
I want you to spend some time this week meditating on the verses posted and imagine the freed and reintegrated slaves who are benefiting from all the hard work organizations like IJM, A21, Polaris, and so many other anti-slavery organizations do.
If your are able it would also help if you donated to our team.