They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
Transforming from the oppressed to our liberators, the once oppressed become powerful liberators in our midst.
At her university graduation in Kenya, Maryclare, a survivor of sex trafficking and advocate for survivors says, “My dream is to see a day when violence will be but history, when girls will be protected with dignity, when all of our wounds will heal and the pain will be no more.” To those who are living in violent oppression, scripture tells us that they will be the ones to rebuild, restore, and renew—they will bring liberation to their generation in devastation. What would it look like to instate a new cycle of liberation?
God, may we work with you to uplift and support the oppressed—seeing them as the most powerful liberators in our midst. Amen.