The Word of God

Reflection – Lectionary: 383

Freedom is a Right. We celebrate freedom today from the very depths of each of our hearts. On the most outward and national level, we commemorate the historical proceedings that led us today. Not everyone reviewing this commentary is American, but the values for which this country stands may and should serve as a beacon of life and hope for a better tomorrow. I want to share with you today the peace and joy that is in my heart. Knowing what this day means historically and intellectually, I still want to take it a step further. “When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. And news of this spread throughout all that land.”

Bottom line: there are real, tangible, and ongoing miracles around us. Just think for a minute about your life and those precious to you. For some, the miracle began when they gave their heart to Jesus early on, while for others, the turning point came when a person welcomed the Holy Spirit and allowed that Spirit to work within them.

Independence is a Choice. Today, this is what I witness: we are free. We’ve tasted the slavery of dysfunction and co-dependence and have chosen freedom. We’ve struggled to survive financially, and we have chosen hope. We’ve tasted lust and selfishness and have chosen love. We know we are the person we are when no one looks. We have chosen integrity.
Can we abuse this freedom? Can we ever forget what has brought us to this moment? Can we become yet another statistic? Yes, we can–—but—-we won’t because we have spiritual freedom, and nothing in life can adequately replace that.

Let us Pray: Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, All I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me. AMEN.

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