Isaiah 61:3 (NLT2) To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.
So let it be in God's own might / We gird us for the coming fight, / And, strong in him whose cause is ours, / In conflict with unholy powers, / We grasp the weapons he has given, / The light and truth and love of heaven.
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)
Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 588.