“Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”
(Acts 16:26 NIV)
Bookended by heart wrenching worship in the midst of darkness and the sweet revelation of salvation available to all, this moment grabs me.
It is the purpose, the prayer, the hope, the reason, the why.
That through it all, whatever it is-whatever it ends up to be, that this happens in the lives of those who feel forgotten in the dank prisons of enemies lies, the grimy chains of webbed fear.
That the foundations of prisons be shaken by the power of God,
the chains broken by truth,
the doors flung wide open by amazing grace.
To walk free.
To live fearless.
To love again and again and again.
To be released from perfectionism.
To walk away from fear driven manipulation.
To embrace grace and live loved.
To overflowing joy.
To leap in anticipation.
To take a deep breath of satisfaction.
In my life.
In whosoever believes and receives.
In the powerful sweet beloved name of Jesus Christ.
Prisoners set free.
Amen. So be it. Amen.