Today is Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. This is the date, in 1865, on which Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, TX, with the news the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were now free–more than 2 years after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
Sadly, other kinds of slavery continue.
Ugly profiteers still enslave women and children around the world to sell their bodies, and customers, like slaveowners of old, still buy.
Others of us are slaves to addictions–alcohol, drugs, food, sex, money, work. We enslaved, not by others, but by our own disease.
On this day to celebrate deliverance, I pray for an end to all forms of slavery.
And I remember that although those who were enslaved in the South were freed after the Civil War, they and their descendants still had a long struggle to be truly free (and the struggle continues today).
The march for freedom does not end. God calls each of us to join the Freedom Train–to keep it running, to bring more on board, to share in the hope and joy of liberation for all.