Day 147: Redemption


You were not born into slavery

You are no less a captive than the brightest wishing star

You are in no need of any type of ransom

For there are no chains that can hold you

No space that can keep you

You are as free as the ocean waves

You are a bird of sovereignty

Given wings of grandeur

Magnificent blended feathers of white

So mighty and bold, and ever so soft

Can you not see your perfection

Your beauty

Though you stand unmoved

With eyes stained in tears

Know there is no sadness

That cannot be liberated by thy very wings

My little dove of humanity

Why wait you

Go forward

Burst through

An angel to her mission

A mountaineer to his sheep

Slice across this imaginary bondage

Soar above the idleness of wrath, bitterness, and woe

They are but ash in the flame of forgiveness

Emancipate the weight of thy mind through acceptance

Break away from this dream land

Be as the blacksmith’s iron to fire

Bend in the heat of accordance

An ember endowed with source’s grace

Dear, dear compassionate one

Know you are amazement

Know you are joy

Wait no longer gentle bird of love

Emancipate your life

Embrace your wonderment

Liberate your essence

In the waters of truth

Washout all remnants of doubt

Bring rains to desert

Redeem your spirit’s calling

From sister malice

Redeem your growing passion

From brother fear

For you are not made for false imprisonment

Nor for substitutionary sacrifice

You are birthed without boundaries

Baptized in ceaseless acceptance

Delivered through eternal peace

Bathed in fountains of ever flowing benevolence

Retreat now from this forest of delusion

Play no more with painted ghosts and shadow makers

Resolved and renewed in this generation of truth

Set in motion your ordained and blessed flight

by Sam Craft

June 2012 




Sam Craft’s photos
Maui 2012

“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies.”  ~  Martin Luther King Jr.