Friday, March 7, 2008

Found Fond Memories

Last night I was looking through some old pictures and came upon two that bring back fond memories. A few years ago, Tim and I found ourselves to be completely empty-nesters. As that is not the case now, this is a particularly fond memory :). It was nearing vacation time and Tim made reservations at Destin Pointe in Destin, FL. It was probably the best vacation we have ever had. Not only because it was just the two of us and we didn't have to plan activities to please anybody but ourselves, but the weather was perfect. While there that week, we walked and talked and walked and talked some more. One of our excursions took us out all the way to the point at sunset. The scene was almost surreal because of the three crosses that were left there from a local church's Easter sunrise service. As you can see from the photo, between the middle and left cross in the background is an American flag. The photos not only reminded me of a wonderful week but speak to me of the freedom that we enjoy as Americans and also an even greater freedom that is found in the grace of God. The cross is representative of the freedom that is spoken about in Romans 8:21 " that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God." We are free from the bonds of sin. We are free to approach the very heart of God with our praise and prayers. One of my favorite worship songs is "I am Free" by the Newsboys. The lyrics speak to the freedom that we have as children of God.

Through You the blind will see
Through You the mute will sing
Through You the dead will rise
Through You all hearts will praise
Through You the darkness flees
Through You my heart screams 'I am free'
I am free to run (I am free to run)and
I am free to dance (I am free to dance)
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)
I am free!

I recently saw a poster that reiterated the life of freedom we have in Christ. It said: I am accepted. I am secure. I am significant. I am free. Lord, help me to remember and be thankful for that freedom today and everyday.