Michael Colunga (6 March 2013)
"hope, despair, hope, and victory in Jesus..."

Hello, John and Doves,
Isaiah, chapter 59 is a famous passage of scripture
that aptly describes the penitent attitude
of a waiting and watchful Bride,
longing to be made ready.
Our hope is in God--that

1Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,

nor his ear too dull to hear.

2But your iniquities have separated

you from your God;

your sins have hidden his face from you,

so that he will not hear.

Isaiah 59:1-2  NIV

And yet,
"The Lord looked and was displeased

that there was no justice.

16He saw that there was no one,

he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;

so his own arm worked salvation for him,

and his own righteousness sustained him.

17He put on righteousness as his breastplate,

and the helmet of salvation on his head;

he put on the garments of vengeance

and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak."

Isaiah 59:15b-17  NIV

Be sure to read the entire chapter, especially where
it is written,

20“The Redeemer will come to Zion,

to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,”

declares the Lord.

21“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.

Isaiah 59:20-21  NIV

Do I hear an, "Amen!" somebody?