Monday, February 4, 2008

Symbols of Freedom

Towering above New York Harbor is the Statue of Liberty.
The Statue Of Liberty at night by O. Louis Mazzatenta
The Statue Of Liberty at night

With freedom's torch held high, this stately lady has beckoned millions of people who were choking from the stifling air of oppression.

They've been drawn to what that monument symbolizes --


On Lady Liberty's pedestal are these words from Emma Lazarus' poem "The New Colossus":

Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses
yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse
of your teeming shore;
Send these, the homeless,
tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp
beside the golden door.

A different monument towers over history, offering a spiritual freedom to enslaved people everywhere.

It's the cross where Jesus hung 2,000 years ago.

ODM- Cross
ODM- Cross

We see the sinless Son of God dying in our place for our sins.
We hear the words, "Father, forgive them" (Luke 23:34) and "It is finished!" (John 19:30).

As we trust in Christ as our Savior, the burden of guilt rolls from our souls.
We are free for all eternity. --Dennis De Haan

I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself -- John 12:32

I want to live with you in Heaven someday!




SweetAnnee said...

Oh ..tis glorious..
For God so loved the WORLD!!


SweetAnnee said...

I'm "lifting" that picture!! of the cross

Mary Isabella said...

He is all we need!!!!! Mary...

Anonymous said...

He is our Lord and Saviour what more could we want?!

Beverly said...

Beautiful - I'm so thankful for His mercies to this sinner!

Karen H. said...

Good Evening Mimi,
What a beautiful and powerful post. "PRAISE GOD" that he loved us so much to die for our sins. I want to see you in Heaven someday too my friend. The picture of the Cross is just breathtaking. "THANK YOU" for sharing such a wonderufl picture and to remind us just how much JESUS does love us. I hope you had a great weekend. Take care my friend and have a great evening. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Pam said...

My 10 year old just studied the poem "The New Colosus" this past week. Great post here and it was so nice to see you had dropped over at my place while I've been away!

Cathy said...

Beautiful post, Mimi. I love that picture of the cross!

nannykim said...

The only thing I could think of when I saw the Statue of Liberty is these two bank opening we have had in the area--these guys are outside dressed in a statue of liberty out fit--really weird one --motioning in front of the banks. Not sure what the outfits have to do with the banks?!

Jan Parrish said...

Freedom always comes at a price. Great post.

Jan Parrish said...

Freedom always comes at a price. Great post.

jennifer said...

This is breath taking! Jennifer

Jodi said...

Mom, Do you or Dad remember that song Statue of Liberty by Neil Enloe?

Okay I searched online. Here's an excerpt (the beginning of the two verses). I'm sure it's copyrighted, so I didn't want to put the whole of it here without the publisher's permission.

In New York Harbor stands a lady, with a torch raised to the sky,
And all who see her knows she stands for liberty for you and I...

On lonely Golgotha stood a cross, with my lord raised to the sky,
And all who kneel there live forever,
as all the saved can testify...

Words and Music by Neil Enloe

I just thought it went perfectly with this post. :o)

Mimi said...

such a beautiful song... and you are so goes perfectly with this post!!!
thanks for researching and finding it!!!