Thursday, March 17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! A few evenings ago, our four year old saw a spotlight in the clouds in front of our home. She squealed and screamed and ran from window to window, “Mommy, Daddy! I see the Spirit! It’s circling our house! There’s the Spirit! See it! That’s the Holy Spirit!” She was so excited, and we did not have the hearts to tell her the light was from a special event nearby. Her joy was pure and full of the beautiful faith of a child. It is so good to be reminded of the joy of the Lord. He brings good gifts. Freedom! From what do we need to be freed? Fear? Selfishness? Addiction? Expectations? Comparisons? Bitterness? Pain? Depression? Failure? Secrets? These are nothing to the Spirit of our Living God. As Williams Langland wrote, “All the wickedness in the world that man might do or say was no more to the mercy of God than a live coal dropped in the sea.”

Dear Lord, help us this day to see your Spirit as You work to set us free.  Help us to cooperate with your Spirit for our own freedom and the freedom of those around us.  May others see You in our eyes and in our smiles.  Help us to know and live the trut

Bethany Williams Wife, Momma, Advocate