I found this beautiful colleague on the internet when I did a search for the world liberty. I thought it so appropriate to my musings today and thank the artist (I couldn’t find the name) for creating this engaging piece.
Everyday I make an effort for alone time with God (yes I’m a Christian if you hadn’t yet noticed) and my thoughts. I take time to read my African Heritage study bible and am never left without inspiration. Today, I was reading II Corinthians 3:17 which reads: “Now the Lord is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” What a powerful notion and representation for all mankind. That single verse struck a cord with me on this US midterm election day. What it said to me, particularly, is that bondage, slavery, being oppressed is an antithesis of liberty. It is not what a loving, freewill authorizing God of the universe envisioned, people are not to be crushed under the power of someone or something. It’s unnatural to do so and I am sure serves as the impetus for wars. Of course, I am not of some belief that life does not require we set goals, work to achieve, or even object to things we find morally and ethically reprehensible. However, I do believe that this election season offers each citizen living in the United States an opportunity that so many other countries (that lack Democracy) do not afford their people and denizens. Each American has the personal right to vote and speak to the power structures that shape one’s nation, as something basic and a civic responsibility for those who honor and cherish liberty. I hope this special day (besides being my daughter’s birthday) yields the political results that will keep our country moving forward with a vision to do better and at the same time retain its capacity to look backwards in a spirit of reflection so as to not repeat the errors of our past. #VOTE