Redemption is not simply being fixed or all wrongs righted or the erasing of mistakes. It is far more glorious than that. God’s redeeming of a life is taking the brokenness, the mess, the wrong of it all, and making it beautiful. He does not replace; He transforms. As miraculous as changing water into wine, He gives beauty for ashes.
(I have come) To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.