Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Shepastor: "Freedom..." A poem written by Pastor Chris Smith

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36, KJV

By Pastor Chris Smith, written for the occasion of the AJC Global Community Seder, Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Whether the African slave drug across the chilly waters of the cruel Atlantic, bound by chains, forced to lie in her own refuse and vomit, down, down in the splintered belly of brutal slave ship…

Or the Jewish descendent of Joseph, shackled, beaten and abused, forced to make bricks without straw… in a land by a Pharaoh that knew him not…
Or whether the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free…

Freedom is the inhaling of the air, the expanding of the lung, the release of the exhale to do and to be and to become all that God has created one to be without the encumbrances of hatred, the ignorance of “isms” and the brutality of boxes too small to hold the brilliance of beauty, creativity and love.

Freedom is the head though bloodied refuses to be bowed…Freedom…is the voice that speaks despite the oppression that seeks to press it into silence…FREEDOM…the heart that beats and swells with compassion though mean spirit actions abound FREEDOM…is God’s gift to humanity though portioned out like meal by oppressors to those desperately waiting at the mill of justice.

Yet there is a FREEDOM that cannot, that will not be contained by prisons and shackles and bars…there is a FREEDOM, like hope, that springs eternal in the human breast, that FREEDOM that declares with audacity, “I will rise again.” …That FREEDOM that demands FREEDOM to be free, released for all to breathe.

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Until next Wednesday,
In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,
Pastor Chris

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