Earlier this week Craig and I had appointments at UBC, and Mica was along for the ride. She enjoyed the walking. As we were ready to head to the car, she stopped and declared, “Photo!” While she has plenty of photos taken, this was her first requested photo.
Strange things move me. The statue was erected in honour of the students who protested in Tiananmen Square in 1989. While I attended university, this amazing student movement unfolded before the world’s eyes. My Asian studies prof was inaccessible for weeks, protests of support occurred on our campus. Many stories of inspiration flowed from this movement. Freedom seems like water always finding cracks to come out. Somehow my mind made jumps to my desires for this precious child.
I hope this child will be free in her inner spirit, assured she is deeply loved by God and secure in His good care, and able to stand up and to pursue justice.
Probably I should just be thankful that she is confident enough to ask to have her picture taken, that she is curious about the world around her, but this statue tangentially revealed deeper hopes.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
(John 8:31-36 ESV)
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
(Romans 8:1-2 ESV)
that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
(Romans 8:21-31 ESV)