There are two symbols of freedom that mean more to me than I could ever find the proper words to describe. One is the Statue of Liberty and the other is the Cross of Christ. Both represent release from bondage and the freedom to realize one’s highest hopes for personal well-being and a greater opportunity to make the kinds of personal contributions of skills and means to help make a better world for all people.
I remember listening to the stories about how my mother’s father and mother and three of her brothers came to America from Italy. I have often wished that I could have had the opportunity to talk with Grandfather Auturi about what he felt when, as a young man, he saw the Statue of Liberty for the very first time. I am sure that for a maker of fine Italian shoes he was filled with much hope for a great future for all concerned.
I would like to think that he believed he had come to a place where he would have greater opportunity to put his skills to work and make a difference in the world. In effect, I am sure he was overwhelmed with the feeling of freedom.
The Cross of Christ is the symbol, at the heart of our faith, that offers us freedom from things we have said or done that diminish our humanity (sinned). The Cross allows us the luxury of knowing the forgiveness of God which allows us to get up when we have fallen, claim our best selves and find better ways to help our world be a better place for all people. In effect, we should all be overwhelmed with a renewed sense of freedom each time we gaze upon the Cross of Christ.
I thank God for the Statue of Liberty and the Cross of Christ.
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 3:49 PM EDT