“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.”
In All the Pretty Things, Edie Rudder Wadsworth explores the “heart of health” by telling
“the story of a Southern girl who went through fire to find her way home.”
Edie is a medical doctor who escaped poverty, a dysfunctional family, physical and emotional abuse only to find that wasn’t enough to cure the pain in her heart. In this memoir, she explains how she searched to find relief and to bring peace, hope and wholeness to her heart and her family.
“We have been snatched out of the fire of our brokenness in order to serve and love and bless the dear ones God has placed right in front of our eyes, the ones who need our very meager gifts and offerings the most-
the fatherless, the misfits, the prostitutes, the jailbirds-
and all those whose despair has rendered them hopeless.”
(By joining the book launch team, I received a free PDF copy of the book to review )
Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we take a break from exploring strictly medical topics to read words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected sources.