The Bible reading. Samson in chains. A last stand. A shot at redemption.
How can I not hear Bob Marley? (Redemption Song):
“But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the Almighty
We forward in this generation
Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
'Cause all I ever have
We can all fall
We can all mess up but sometimes life just sends a storm our way
We can get caught up in a maelstrom.
Sometimes we can be on our very knees.
We can sink back sometimes into loving arms (and that can definitely be the thing to do) but you know, there’s always the risk we can sink further into darkness and away from love.
There is no place God can’t reach you.
We are also invited to so something else.
Seek it with all our heart and all our strength.
And fight. Just keep fighting until we can’t.
And there will be strength given to you, more strength than you ever thought you had.
And you will find redemption.
I fail in so many ways
Sometimes it as if the world failed me.
So hard to make it make sense.
Just going round and round in circles, I can’t seem to see a way out.
Show me a path
Give me the strength and the fight to walk it
Lift me up from my knees
And let me stand
Show me the way to redemption
For in you I’m redeemed.
The fight fought
And these battles won.
Then Samson prayed to the Lord, ‘Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.’