My Chains Are Gone

This last Easter Sunday in church, we sang the song “Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone”, by Chris Tomlin. This is a special song to me because it was played at my grandmother’s funeral, but it also took on a new meaning on Sunday. The chorus is:

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

I started thinking about many of the people I have met and prayed for in Western Cambodia. Khru Map, the teacher in Ou Thmaa, who has had visions of Jesus and is finally seeking but hasn’t committed his life to following Jesus. Meng, the young man who does not want to become a Christian because it means he will have to forgive those who have wronged him. Many other men and women who are addicted to alcohol or gambling, who are not able to find adequate work or who struggle to provide for their families. All of those who have not had a chance to hear about Jesus and find TRUE release from the bondage they are in. As we sang the song in church, their faces flashed before me and I thought about them being able to one day sing this song. Not just one day to be free from bondage on earth, but to be around the throne of God worshipping Him with all of their hearts. Would you pray with me for that to happen?

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