"In all of your suffering,
I was there suffering with you.
Just as you suffered oppression and violence
though you had done no wrong, so did I.
I was born into your world
to redeem your suffering.
And because of what your people suffered,
you quickly understand My heart
in a way that is not as easy for others.
Do not forget your history.
Do not forget how you were given
the light of faith in the midst of darkness,
and how through faith your ancestors were sustained
even as they were beaten and hung.
Do not forget how I sent you
a man after My own heart
to teach you the power of My agape love.
Do not forget the dream I gave him
of the beloved community.
Do not be distracted by the American dream,
for I brought you out of slavery
for better things than that—
to set a nation free that is enslaved
to greed and violence.
Help your neighbors to true freedom—
to My love and My eternal liberty."
"He sent a man before them,
Joseph, sold as a slave."
Art: "Immanuel in the Land of the Free"