Friday, December 5, 2014

the breathing room :: truth

You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
Now that's a statement that opens up my lungs to find their breathing room again.  Ever wondered what the truth actually sets you free from?

The people originally addressed with this statement didn't even know they were enslaved.  Their response to this freedom invitation was this,
We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves to anyone?  How can you say that we shall be set free?
And then Jesus showed them their chains.  Chains that were wielded out of sin and locked tight around their limbs by the ways of the world.

I have lived days, weeks, whole years of my life unknowingly trapped, surrounded in darkness.  Maybe you have too.  Maybe you are there now.  The good news is - there is a way out.

Truth set Jesus' early followers free from slavery, but not from the physical imprisonment they had in mind, not the kind we so often have in mind.  There is a spiritual imprisonment that holds far more people behind cold, dark bars.  The air is thick and filled with a stench, making it hard to breath.  Jesus allows our lungs to fill deep and sweet again by giving us truth.  That truth sets us free from the suffocating prison of sin and lies.

There are words in this world that land heavy on our hearts and forcefully crowd their way into our minds.  Then there are words of truth that strip away every bit of dead weight we had been carrying on our chests and wipe away the confusion and chaos that fills our brains.

All truth is God's truth.
St. Augustine spoke these words centuries ago but they have met me countless times in this lifetime.

Anywhere we glimpse truth it is of God, and God's truth is found in it's purest form in His word.  The more I read it the more I find it in
piles of laundry
and grocery store lines
and bumper to bumper traffic
and lilac framed gardens.
The more truth I find,
the more God I find,
and the more God I find,
the easier it becomes to breathe.

And so truth will be spoken, sung, whispered, painted, everywhere in The Breathing Room...
because only the truth will set us free to breathe again.

and Truth...
all this and more at THE BREATHING ROOM :: CHARLOTTE
January 25th at the Alexander Homestead.
Tickets are available now!