7/4/2022 – Brasov, Romania: Reflections on freedom

Worshiping Freely in Brasov

From Lxxx (Day 129): Dear brothers and sisters, First of all I want to wish Happy Independence Day to all my American friends! May God bless your country and you all!

Independence- political freedom, freedom from control, freedom from subordination. How often people take it for granted. Some people in Ukraine not long ago thought these things don’t matter and considered the ideas of freedom to be political chatters. The older generation, even the people of my age had such a nostalgy for the Soviet Union where you didn’t have to think and make decisions, somebody did it for you. It was rather convenient on the one hand but what a limited and monotonous life we had! Russia inherited many things from the Soviet Union and many people there still live like in the past. How severely punished the people from Russian-speaking areas of Ukraine are for their loyalty to Russia and for trusting the lies of brotherhood, cheap gas and oil. You can’t trade your freedom for the bowl of lentil soup. The eyes of many people were opened only when the first bombs fell on their houses.

I remember the time when I first met Americans. It was soon after the iron curtain fell and it was so unusual to see foreigners in our town. They were so full of joy and it seemed that the air of freedom came with them. First of all it was a freedom of gospel that was forbidden in our country for so long. And we, a group of young people including me, were still afraid of many things and couldn’t even show our emotions openly. But that air of freedom was contagious and we got sick with it in a good sense. The churches in Ukraine that were planted and multiplied became a strong support for good changes in our country and a strong support in protecting our freedom and independence.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

My prayer today is about all my brothers and sisters in different countries who stand in the liberty of Christ.
Love in Christ,
Lxxx

6 responses to “7/4/2022 – Brasov, Romania: Reflections on freedom”

  1. This Sunday [July 3] Pastor Blake at Northwoods Presbyterian Church, USA prayed for Ukraine, that God guard and protect you, keep persecutors from destroying your faith. He also preached on Psalm 7, David’s cry to God and David’s confidence in God’s justice coming on the wicked. 💙💛

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  2. Amen. Thank you, again, for sharing with us your thoughts, some of your story, and encouraging us even as you’re in the midst of war. God is working in you in such evident ways. And, yes, it is for freedom that Christ has set us free! Praying for Ukraine and for freedom in Christ to be known by even more people there.

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  3. Dear Lxxx,
    Thank you for your prayers, kind words and encouragement!
    Praying all of Ukraine will have this freedom in Christ!

    I remember the earlier days of being in Odessa, they are fond memories of seeing God work in a mighty way, to think of so many who came to know Christ.
    And now, like you, they are fighting faithfully for the gospel, even to death. This is the message I share with friends and family who ask about what is happening in Ukraine during this war. Jesus has won the victory, and the believers there are living it out.

    Love in Christ,
    Jill

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  4. Dear Lxxx,

    Amen to verse Galatians 5:1. !!

    Thank you for sharing the your story after the iron curtain fell.

    Very insightful for us here in America.

    Amen to freedom in Christ.
    And thanks to you Lord that you bring your children together across the ocean through different cultures and languages – such power in the fellowship of Christ in the Holy Spirit.

    Praying for you Lxxx
    Anne

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  5. ThNk you for these reflections on freedom. I treasure those words from Galatians 5:1 and am sharing these words of wisdom with my friends. May the Lord bless and keep you all, and grant you the faith, strength, courage, and peace that you need for this hour. May many more for whom Christ died enter into the kingdom as you brothers and sisters continue to pour out the love of God.

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