. . . and the bradford pear blossom survived
the bitter winter storm to bloom
than she thought possible. . . .
“See, I have refined you, though not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.
How can I let myself be defamed?
I will not yield my glory to another” ~ Isaiah 48: 10-11.
“Announce this with shouts of joy and proclaim it.
Send it out to the ends of the earth; say, ‘The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob'” ~ Isaiah 48:20b
“Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed” ~ Isaiah 49:23b