Stephen Hanson

61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
“Enter into my presence, says the Lord. Find the time to spend with Me. Go past the mundane hours of the day. As you grasp my hand I will give you glimpses of eternity. I will bring you past the worldly cares. You will behold the places that I have ordained for you. The things of this world will slip away from you. There is so much that can consume you. There are so many cares and worries of this world. But I’ve asked you to give them to Me. Whey do you carry these things, my people? Have I not said that my yoke is easy and my burden is light? There are so many people that walk the streets alone. There are so many people who are without a shepherd to guide them. I AM the God of the broken-hearted. I AM the God of the lost and forlorn. And yet, I AM also the God of new-beginnings. I can bring you hope when you feel hopeless. I can bring you joy when no joy can be found. I can lift you up and bring you to solid ground. If all seems meaningless I can make it meaningful. When the world closes in around you then I will be your hiding place. For I once was despised and rejected. I was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. I walked the earth as a man who was also the Son of God; so I know how life can treat a person. I experienced the same joys and sorrows that you have but I rose to be with the Father. I rose again that you might have new life in Me also. There is freedom in Me. There is freedom in Me to run like a child in the fields. There you can throw-off every weight that consumes you. There you can let go of any grievance against another. There all sins will be blotted out. And there perfect love will cast out all fear. “
Stephen Hanson


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