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As I come to know these fine people, they share with me more of their personal and sensitive stories. Their collective story is what I am trying to share with you as my way of breaking the stereotypical beliefs that exist. "Blog names" have occasionally been given to me by the person whose story I am telling. Names are never their actual names and wherever I can do so, I might use the opposite pronoun (his/her, etc.) just to help increase their privacy.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Set Me Free - An Addicted Person's Theme Song

It hasn't always been this way
I remember brighter days
Before the dark ones came
Stole my mind
Wrapped my soul in chains
 
Now I live among the dead
Fighting voices in my head
Hoping someone hears me crying in the night
And carries me away

Set me free of the chains holding me
Is anybody out there hearing me?
Set me free

Morning breaks another day
Finds me crying in the rain
All alone with my demons I am

Who is this man that comes my way?
The dark ones shriek
They scream his name
Is this the one they say will set the captives free?
Jesus, rescue me

Set me free of the chains holding me
Is anybody out there hearing me?
Set me free

And as the god man passes by
He looks straight through my eyes
And darkness cannot hide

Do you want to be free?
Lift your chains
I hold the key
All power on heaven and earth belong to me

Do you want to be free?
Lift your chains
I hold the key
All power on heaven and earth belong to me

You are free
You are free
You are free
We are free
We are free
Jesus set us free[1]


I recently started liking this song.  For months, I've skipped past it because it's a bit more hard rock than I normally enjoy.  After listening one time and really taking in the lyrics, I now see this as a theme song for so many of the men and women who I consider friends in Emerald City and its surrounding bridge communities. 

Do you see the bold and italics portion above?  If you consider yourself to be a follower of Christ and called to the ministry on the streets of Kensington and similar communities, then that's your role in serving these men and women.  We are called to hear them crying in the night[2] and to present the message that will carry them away, to set them free of the chains holding them.

We present ONLY!  

For as much as we want the best for you, the residents of Emerald City and its surrounding bridge communities, we cannot set you free in the Name of Jesus until you are ready to be set free.  That readiness comes from deep inside your being, your soul, your heart. 

Between now and the moment when that readiness settles into your soul, please know that you are loved with all dignity, honor, and respect for being exactly who you are - a child of God - made in the image of God.

Between now and then - Be Safe!                                                           




[1] Songwriters: Bernie Herms / Mark Hall
Set Me Free lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Capitol Christian Music Group
[2] And they do cry and they cry hard

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