Oh Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us, for we are sinners. But by your grace, Lord, we are free. With you, there is freedom. Help us to walk in that freedom today. To look at the sin and shame and guilt that so easily entangles us and know that you have cut loose the ties of the snare. We are no longer bound. Though the enemy would have us believe otherwise, we know that you are good, and we believe you when you say that we are free indeed. So Lord, on this day, fill us with your Spirit and help us to know deep down in our souls that we are really and truly free. In your presence, we are free.
Free to live in wonder of your grace and mercy.
Free to spend our lives in reckless pursuit of our liberator and deliverer.
Free to walk away from who we used to be and grow into the women that you have created us to be.
Free to laugh. Free to love. Free to experience joy and peace and hope. Free to be yours.
I was in my 40s when my grandmother, Jewel, died in her mid-90s. One of my strongest childhood memories was sleeping in the extra twin bed in her room and hearing her pray aloud for each family member by name before she went to sleep.
Sometimes the very thing our souls most need is to stop in the middle of the brokenness and dwell on a thing of beauty. To be reminded that for all that is wrong and broken in the world, there is also beauty and light and life.