Apr 12, 2011

chains be broken

This is a short poem I wrote last autumn when I was remembering the wonderful work my Savior has done in me these last few years. Reading it again, almost half an year later, the words have begotten a fresh meaning due to my recent storm. May it encourage and remind others of the freedom that comes when we are set free from the chains that once bound us.
Chains of despair and depression.
Chains of fear and worry.
Chains of hopelessness and faith-lessness ...
All broken by the power of Christ.
All no longer hold power over those who have set their eyes on the One who sets the captives free.
All so we can be .... standing free

Once held captive
Now stand free
His saving power
Is all I see

  No longer bound
        No longer blind
              No longer lost


Precious to my Savior
He cares so much for me
That He freed me from my prison

Free of shackles I will always be

  No longer bound
        No longer blind
              No longer lost
{E.A.P 10/31/2010}

 10 Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
         Bound in affliction and irons—
 11 Because they rebelled against the words of God,
         And despised the counsel of the Most High,
 12 Therefore He brought down their heart with labor;
         They fell down, and there was none to help.
 13 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
         And He saved them out of their distresses.
 14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
         And
broke their chains in pieces.
15 Oh, that men would
give thanks
to the LORD for His goodness,
         And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
 16
For He has broken the gates of bronze,
         And cut the bars of iron in two.
    
[Psalms 107: 10-16]
   


 "The cross we carry is never so heavy as the chains from which we were freed."
{J.A. Lacy}

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love,
Amazing grace

{Chris Tomlin, "Amazing Grace"}

5 comments:

  1. this is beautiful, true beauty is revealed through god. lord of all creation.

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  2. I am curious about using the image you have here for a pamphlet for a support group in our church. If you are not the originator of the image can you possibly point me in the direction of whoever is? You can email me at awining72@yahoo.com. I look forward to your response!

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  3. I am curious about using the image you have here for a pamphlet for a support group in our church. If you are not the originator of the image can you possibly point me in the direction of whoever is? You can email me at awining72@yahoo.com. I look forward to your response!

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  4. I used a part of your poem for the ministry I am a part of called
    "His Proposal". I found your blog when looking for images of broken chains.

    I hope that is ok!
    Stephanie Blackiston
    www.livininaboysworld.blogspot.com

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  5. I am also interested in the image of the silhouetted man with the broken chains. Where did you get that

    thank you.

    Jeff

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