“I raised my arms high to the grace of the lord,
for he cast off my bonds.
My helper had raised me to his grace and salvation.
I discarded darkness
and dressed in the clothing of light.
My soul acquired a body free from sorrow,
free from torture and mutilation.
The lord’s thought restored me.
I fed on his incorruptible fellowship.
In the light he raised me,
I went to him, near him,
praising and shouting his name.
He made my heart flood into my mouth.
He made it shine on my lips.
On my face the exultation of the lord grew.
My praise exploded.”
~The Songs of Solomon, song 21
This song has a lot to say to those who have sufficient spiritual training and understanding. We are first told that the Lord casts off our bonds. What bonds? I’m not in jail. I’m not wrapped in chains. No, the bonds we are freed from by a spiritual awakening are not that literal. They are the bonds of materialism, the chains of matter, the jails of greed. Sadly, many sit in their cages, bound by chains and think they are in the lap of luxury and as free as a bird. They are tricked into believing that being a slave of Satan is true freedom. It isn’t. Continue reading “Free and Alive”