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  • Writer's pictureCharlene Stevens Jenkins

It's a Celebration!

Updated: Jun 19, 2022

I’m having such a wonderful weekend! Juneteenth Festival Celebrating Freedom at the Riceboro Youth Center then Father’s Day and my birthday on the same day! I will enjoy a Juneteenth Celebration with my coworkers this week. Last year, Juneteenth became a federal holiday.

I’ve always been excited about doing something special for my birthday. Because of the significance of Juneteenth and what it means, I have a new appreciation for freedom. Many of my ancestors died before they could see freedom from enslavement and enjoy the liberties we have today. I don’t take anything for granted. I have so many liberties and I recognize the high price others paid so I could have them. Through them, I exercise my rights and fully understand how important they are.

In the same way that I reflect on my civil liberties, I think about my spiritual freedom. God, our Heavenly Father, sent His only Son to pay the ultimate price for our freedom from sin and bondage. His death gave me freedom, abundance, and eternal life. I remember His gift every day and as I partake in the Holy Communion. We remember Jesus Christ's death, burial, and resurrection and its power in our lives over sin, death, and the grave. Sin no longer controls us. We honor God by living clean lives.

When it comes to opportunities, I’m so blessed to share time with my parents this weekend. I am so elated to celebrate freedom, recognize the abolishment of slavery, and celebrate fatherhood with my dad on Father’s Day. I celebrate and thank God for my Daddy who is loving, supportive, dependable, and hard-working. He made sure I went to church and was very instrumental in making sure I was introduced to our Heavenly Father when I was young. God has blessed me with a wonderful family. So, on Juneteenth I’m grateful to celebrate my natural and spiritual birth!

If you’re having a difficult time putting faith in a Heavenly Father because you didn’t have the example of a good earthly father, it’s ok. God already knows that you’re struggling, and He wants to have a relationship with you. His unconditional love is everything. You can start fresh today with the most important connection of your lifetime. Just call His name. You can start today. Psalm 145:18 AMPC “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth.” I’m praying for you. DM, call, or email me. Let’s communicate. I’m here to encourage, inspire, and motivate.

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