Welcome to Day 4 of Part 2‘s Chapter 3 from Arise and Shine. Today, Anna is sharing a free will offering of gold: a poem and Scriptures of thanksgiving for God’s perfection wrought at the Cross for us.She also invites you to sing two songs of praise and worship with her, declaring the truth of God’s mighty power to save.
No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.
Isaiah 60:18 (ESV)
Your hands hold Me close Your hands wrap Around my coming
And going out again Your hands know me Each day of my life Written in Your book.
Your hands let me go But tethering me in grace To the path You walked Before me and behind me stay.
Your hands wrap around My heart that is aching To break In Your mercy.
Laboring in kindness Your hands teach me to trust Again and again to let go Into Your hands every part yielding.
Led by Your hands You walk me into Your death and Resurrection, again and again To awaken Your heart of flesh.
You make room for the new Lifting every accusation At the power of Your Word You carry me into the light.
That I may bear fruit that abides That I may die to the old of my knowing To rest in Your knowing Written on the holes in Your hands.
That I may see Your blessed perfection Reflected in Your Word's consecration For Your Word to me Is truth.
My life and breath Let them now speak evermore Of Your hands that were pierced To hold us all together in mercy.
See not your failing See my wind blowing Each point of collision A lifting Divinely appointed To winnow the seed In husks beautifully Hidden, bursting forth Through the breach Long opened in my Body broken to heal Your every division.
Shalom is a Hebrew word that speaks of all parts being joined together to make a whole, of healing, health and peace. Aleh is a Hebrew word that means leaf, leaves or leafage.
The name Shalom Aleh has its roots in verse 12 of Ezekiel 47 (ESV):
And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
In 2 Corinthians 3:3 (ESV):
And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
And in the prophecy spoken over Ninevah in Nahum 1:15 (ESV):
Behold, upon the mountains,
the feet of him
who brings good news,
who publishes peace!
Keep your feasts, O Judah;
fulfill your vows,
for never again shall the worthless pass through you;
he is utterly cut off.
It speaks of Jesus and the healing and wholeness He gifts us and others through us, through His Holy Spirit, as He awakens us to His deep, deep love and compassion for us all.