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Psalm 107:13-14 (NLT) "Lord, help!" they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped their chains."


Today, we gather to honor Juneteenth, a day marking the end of slavery in the United States—a pivotal moment in history when the chains of oppression were broken. Yet, even as we celebrate, we acknowledge the journey towards true freedom continues. We might be "free-ish," still grappling with the remnants of injustice and inequality.

Psalm 107:13-14 resonates deeply with this struggle. It reminds us that in times of trouble, our cries do not go unheard. "Lord, help!" they cried in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He led them from darkness and deepest gloom; He snapped their chains.

Just as God answered the cries of His people in the past, He hears us today. Juneteenth is not just a commemoration of past victories but a prophetic reminder that God is still at work. Though we may feel "free-ish," fighting against modern chains of injustice and oppression, we must not lose heart.

The struggle for true freedom is ongoing, but the Lord is our deliverer. He is faithful to lead us out of darkness, to snap the chains that still bind us. As we cry out, "Lord, help!" He promises to save us from our distress, to bring light into our deepest gloom.

Let us be encouraged that God is with us in the fight. He calls us to stand firm, to persist in the pursuit of justice and equality. As we celebrate Juneteenth, let it fuel our hope and strengthen our resolve. We are reminded that freedom is not just a historical event but a continual process, one that God is committed to completing.

Ekklesia, do not give up. Though the journey is hard, and the road is long, we serve a God who breaks every chain. He is our light in the darkness, our strength in times of trouble. Let Juneteenth inspire us to keep pressing forward, trusting in God's promise of complete and total freedom. His Grace is liberating

LoveUmorethanUknow Pastor Stephän Kirby


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