A Joy-Filled Makeover

advent devotional

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness.
Isaiah 61:1-3, 10a, ESV

I love a good makeover story. Whether it’s Cinderella and her fairy godmother or a 60 minute home renovation on HGTV, I am glued to the TV until I can compare the before and after images.

It is entertaining to watch the process of making the old new again. The stylists and designers list areas needing improvement. This process can be painful and awkward. No one likes to hear their hair is drab or their light fixtures are dated. However, it is only when these problem areas are identified that they can be changed for the better.

The very best part of any makeover story is the moment of the reveal. This is when the old is revealed as new. Everyone holds their breath as the woman sees her reflection in the mirror for the first time. Her eyes sparkle with glee. Squeals of delight escape the lips of the homeowners as they walk into their newly decorated home.

Makeovers lead to joy.

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