A sturdy place with small and tender beginnings.
A covering and shelter for those that need protection.
I knew that we weren't righteous. We were and are just people. We have our bad days and our sinful scenarios, too. But I also knew we had a vision to see people know God and in our imperfectness, God's perfectness would shine through.
We spent the next several years thinking, processing, praying, and planning what this transition would look like. We weighed the sacrifice of leaving everything comfortable and familiar. We shared our hearts with each other and sometimes others around us. And when the moments of incredible fear overwhelmed me, someone would read the eleven verses of Isaiah 61 aloud. Every time. When I was scared or thinking of backing down from the task, this is what I heard:
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has tanointed me
to bring good news to the poor;1
2 vto proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,
wand the day of vengeance of our God;
xto give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
ythe oil of gladness instead of mourning,
zthat they may be called oaks of righteousness,
4 bThey shall build up the ancient ruins;
5 cStrangers shall stand and tend your flocks;
6 dbut you shall be called the priests of the Lord;
eyou shall eat the wealth of the nations,
7 fInstead of your shame there shall be a double portion;
8 gFor I the Lord love justice;
I hate robbery and wrong;4
hI will faithfully give them their recompense,
iand I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
10 jI will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
kfor he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
as a bridegroom decks himself llike a priest with a beautiful headdress,
mand as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
so the Lord God will cause nrighteousness and praise
Thanks http://www.esvbible.org/Isaiah+61/ for the Bible passage.