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I sang these words every Friday night with other camp counselors on the small stage of the pavilion in the middle of the United Methodist Summer Camp, Westview on the James. These words were part of the song we chose as a counselor song for the summer of 2005, Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) by Chris Tomlin. We sang them at the end of each camp week surrounded by campers and their parents who had come to pick up their children and watch them perform skits and songs.
In the years since that summer, I have come to understand these words more fully. I have seen how our own mistakes, our burden from sin and guilt, can feel like chains weighing us down. I have also experienced that we can feel weighed down as if heavy chains are around our shoulders, if we hold onto pain and resentment from what others have done. God offers us forgiveness and invites us to forgive others. This allows us to be set free from guilt and resentment! What are you holding onto that you could release by seeking forgiveness from God or by offering forgiveness to someone? Where do you need God’s unending love and amazing grace?
Remember: We believe in the forgiveness of sins.
~ Pastor Devon Earle