out of the stump of our hearts....
And when David's sons and grandsons and great grandsons turned from God
and loved the gifts and the flesh more than the Giver and the Father--
their kingdoms fell. Their homes fell apart.
It looked like the whole family tree of Jesse had been chopped right off at the roots.
But our covenant-keeping, promise keeping God vowed,
"Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot-yes, a new Branch
bearing fruit from the old root...In that day the heir to David's throne will be
a banner of salvation to the world. The nations will rally to him,
and the land where he lives will be a glorious place." (Isaiah 11:1-2,10)
Out of the stump of our hearts....
In this day, this season, miracles will grow within, unfurl, bear fruit.
And the heart that makes time and space for Him to come will be a glorious place.
A place of sheer, radiant defiance in the face of a world careening mad and stressed.
[ excerpt from The Greatest Gift by Voskamp ]