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But on this humbled ground, a tiny shoot, hopeful and promising,
will sprout from Jesse’s stump;
A branch will emerge from his roots to bear fruit.
And on this child from David’s line, the Spirit of the Eternal One will alight and rest.

By the Spirit of wisdom and discernment
He will shine like the dew.

By the Spirit of counsel and strength
He will judge fairly and act courageously.

By the Spirit of knowledge and reverence of the Eternal One,
He will take pleasure in honoring the Eternal.

He will determine fairness and equity;

He will consider more than what meets the eye,
And weigh in more than what he’s told.
So that even those who can’t afford a good defense
will nevertheless get a fair and equitable judgment.

With just a word, He will end wickedness and abolish oppression.

With nothing more than the breath of His mouth, He will destroy evil.

He will clothe himself with righteousness and truth;
the impulse to right wrongs will be in his blood.

(Isaiah 11:1-5 The Voice)

4 thoughts on “Branch

  1. Susan Unger

    Dear Charis, This painting is beautiful! I send Karl & Michael a “verse for today” and sometimes we have a texting discussion about it. This is the same verse that I sent to them today 😀 Thank you for your inspiring reflections an artwork! I love them. Love and blessings, Susan

    Sent from my iPhone



    1. Thank you, Susan! This verse really stood out to me last night as I am praying for truth and justice, particularly for those who are not yet free. You are a continuing inspiration to me to “just keep swimming.” Blessings to you and your precious family this Christmas season.


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