I’m actually on the road this week for work, so needless to say I’m pretty pooped and am not looking forward to my 3am train ride back to the big apple. But since my day landed on a commemorative day, I wanted to take a moment to wish all a happy Juneteenth.
June 19, 1865 was the day that freedom was actualized by blacks living in the state of Texas. While the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted two years prior, the racist climate of the South was not erased with a President’s signature…and Texas just chose to ignore it. It makes me wonder: how many of us are being held in bondage because others refuse to acknowledge our freedom?
While there are challenges as a people we still encounter in our daily lives, I really want all of us to take a moment and really reflect on what it means to be free in Christ. If your relationship with faith and God is reduced to just a bunch of “dos” and “donts,” or if tradition is what is keeping you from discovering him for yourself, I would argue that you are still enslaved, and may not even know it. The most liberating place to be is in the cradle of our Father, who needs no pen, paper, or holiday to make moves in our lives and reform our way of thinking and living.
If you haven’t received the announcement, make today your spiritual Juneteenth. Release what is holding you and walk in freedom.