Ten years ago, I read, The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, by Slavomir Rawicz. In the book, Rawicz describes his escape from a Soviet labor camp in Siberia and his journey to India. A testament to the human thirst for freedom, his story captivated my imagination.
About the same time that I read his story, I felt a growing desire for more spiritual freedom. (I wrote about that here.) His story became a symbol for me on my journey.
Jesus Has Declared Our Freedom
In my search for more freedom and peace, I learned that Jesus had already broken my chains and opened the prison door.
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Luke 4:16-21 (from Isaiah 61:1-2)
“He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners . . . to set the oppressed free . . . “
Jesus is Opening New Doors
Over the years, I’ve met other women who wanted more freedom, too. Jesus is opening new doors for me to work with those women.
I’ve begun writing a monthly newsletter to update friends and readers about the ongoing ministry that I get to do. I need friends who will link arms with me and pray for me. Each month, the newsletter will include a story about someone I’ve met who is living out her freedom in Jesus.
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