“Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.” (Isaiah 52: 2)
This divine directive is a promise. We can shake off the dust of a life dimmed by material beliefs, the dirt of past experiences and mud slung at our innocence. We need not remain captive to or captivated by the darkness of mortal life and its gloomy, dooming lies about us and about our world.
Brush off that dust. You have never stopped shining. You are not bound by human mistakes or victimized by life and its deceptions. You are a daughter of God, a son of the Holy One. You have ever been protected by the divine affection and preserving power of Love. There are no chains weighing you down and no ropes keeping your freedom at bay.
Loose yourself, Isaiah says. We have the natural ability to cut ourselves loose and to arise to our full and flourishing and free being. The bondage is not legitimate, so don’t plead guilty. We are ready to arise from the paralyzing dream of hopelessness and fear, and to really live. We are given the invitation to “sit down”—to take a load off our lovely lives and to rest comfortably in the knowledge that our freedom is not optional. It is the law, here, now, and always!
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