I was present in the courtroom when the judge set the prisoner free. He released my kind and brave friend, incarcerated for over seven months with more time to serve. Family and friends hugged one another, offering praise to God, who performed the miracle we had prayed for, but did not expect.

Several days have passed but the emotions have not diminished.  I thank God for the judge’s merciful decision. I am overwhelmed, not only because I care for my friend, but also because I recognize that his story is my story, too.

Our actions and decisions today will shape the way we will be living in the future.Jesus purchased my freedom with his death on the cross. This freedom is not just a guarantee for my future but is the beautiful way I can live today.

Jesus set me free from fear — he says I can trust his love.

Jesus set free from pride — he says I must lose my life to really live.

Jesus set me free to serve, teaching me that my own fulfillment will come as I put the needs of others before my own.

Jesus set me free from shame — he sees me for who I can become and not for what I have done wrong.


Last night friends gathered to celebrate my friend’s release. We laughed and ate good food and offered praise to God together. Much more than a party, our evening was a glimpse of the future, when those who love and follow Jesus finally gather around his throne.

The world isn’t perfect. I am a woman who sins. But I have tasted the mercy of my God, who says I am a new creation. I have been given the opportunity to live a different kind of life focused on God’s agenda instead of my own.

Moment by moment, I must make up my mind.

This kind of life will seem risky on some days and foolish on others. There will be times I will want to retreat to a smaller world where I don’t have so much responsibility and little is required.

I pray for courage, transformed thinking, and wisdom from God. I’ve seen the beauty of a life without chains and I choose to follow the one who has set me free.

 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36




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