I’ve been to the USA with my husband. We saw Washington and visited Baltimore as my husband was attending a conference. I want to share some of the experiences the Lord blessed me with on my trip.
It was not the big and beautiful buildings which left an impression on me, when I was in Washington. Words showed their power to me. Quotes of Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. were written on big stone tables at the memorials. The words shared the visions of freedom, equality, rights, brotherhood, peace and love. My husband, I and other visitors walked in a religious silence as we were reading the words.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” (Martin Luther King)
At the memorial for the Korea War a sign said: “Freedom is not free”
Many people have paid a tall price for freedom. Abraham Lincoln declared that all men were created equal and he fought to free the slaves, but Lincoln was murdered. Martin Luther King fought for civil rights, and he was murdered. Many soldiers have died for others to be free.
A student in Oregon stood as a shield and took several gunshots. He saved many lives and he could have died.
Another man paid a high price for freedom. He was innocent, but took the punishment all men should have for their iniquities. He sacrificed himself on a cross so we could be free. It didn’t end at the cross. The words we read in the gospel don’t belong to a dead man, but to Jesus, the son of God, who arose from death and lives today. He is the eternal king of kings and because of his sacrifice we’re free from the power of sin, the devil and death.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:7-8)
Mariane, it is good to hear from you again. How I wish I had known you would be in my country – and in my home town of Baltimore. I would have made a point to come and see you face to face and hear your own words. Another time, perhaps.
Oh! I have some online friends from US, but I didn’t know Baltimore is your hometown! I also wish we could have met, that had been so nice…Now I know you live there in case I should return to Baltimore. Please tell me if you should come to Denmark, Elaine. 🙂
I haven’t lived in the city since I was married, but close enough to visit! Baltimore is going through some very sad times, so I hope your visit was peaceful.
I would love to visit Denmark some day! And I will let you know when that comes to pass! My husband had a G-grandfather who said in all his records here that he was from Denmark. But Holstein is part of Germany now, unless there is another ?
Blessings to you.
yes, we had heard about all the riots in Baltimore before we left Denmark. I was also a little nervous before we went there. It is indeed very different from small Denmark (the part of US I experienced for only a few days, was more different from Denmark than I had imagined). Higher buildings, more police on the streets and more homeless people. But we had a nice time in Baltimore, we spent a lot of time on the conference and stayed away from the “dark alleys”…Yes, Holstein has been a part of Denmark, but you’re correct, it’s now a part of Germany…Blessings to you, Elaine