Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I Am Free

 There are 26 days until Resurrection Sunday.  So that means there are 18 weekdays of Lifting You Up that I can do on the events that surrounded the Resurrection.  Here is the first one.

This morning, as I do every morning, I drive to work listening to the Easter cantata.  I realized today that I know the first three songs really well.  The rest of the songs, well either the driving gets intense and I do not concentrate very well, or my mind wanders.  Who knows?

The first song in the cantata is called I Am Free.  It is a popular, well played Christian radio song that I first heard when Allie went to 79er's week of camp.  It is an upbeat, happy song that reminds us that we can are free from the sins and free from the world.  We do not have to be the sad, serious, stern Christians that are stereo-types.  We should be happy that we have a weight lifted from us.  We are no longer slaves with shackles around our hands and feet and necks.  Have you ever seen a dog that has gotten off it's leash?  What does it do?  My dog, Josie Belle, takes off running!  She is free and she knows it!  The last thing she wants is to come back to be and be put on that leash.  But because she disobeys by running away, getting into things she shouldn't, she has to be put back on that leash.  God expects the same from us that I expect from Josie Belle.  He gives us the freedom, but we have a responsibility to follow him and do his will.  He gives us the free will to make our own choices.  I usually do not give my dog that choice.  I know what mischief she gets into, so I have to set boundaries for her.

2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Galations 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Here is an excerpt from the song I Am Free by Jon Egan.

I Am Free

I am free to dance
(I am free to dance)
I am free to run
(I am free to run)
I am free to live for you
(I am free to live for you)
I am free
(I am free)
Yes, I am free
(I am free)

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