O Holy Night. . . chains shall he break . . . and in his name all oppression shall cease. (hymn by Adolphe Adam)

Oppression is a heavy weight of smothering blackness.

When the person with the power exerts it just because he can, it creates a feeling of helpless rage, cowering smoldering courage, anger, fear and hatred.

And oppression has been holding the groaning earth in its grasp since the first forbidden fruit was crushed between Eve’s jaws.

Ever since, the strong dominate the weak. The fittest survive while the weak are oppressed. At least that’s how the world works.

Christ came to show the power of love. The transforming, overcoming, bondage breaking power of love.

Have you felt the heavy weight of oppression? Has the strong arm of a powerful entity put the squeeze on you? Have you had to talk to an insurance rep, or a tax collector, or a lawyer, or a bill collector, or a supervisor, or banker, or your ‘friendly customer service representative’ who has to follow protocol, or company policy, or who refuses to listen to logic . . . someone who oppresses just because they can. . .

Or maybe you’ve felt the weight of having an unjust father, or a hardened husband, or been the victim of a proud and rebellious man or a domineering woman who just passes on hurt.

Or maybe you are in the grip of an oppressive illness or depression. It’s just not fair.

That is the way of the world, and evil will have dominion over the land as long as the earth groans under the curse of sin.

But, thanks be to God that there is one who overcame the power of the curse. Jesus modeled for us the power of self-sacrificing love. He showed us how to overcome the oppressor by the power of love.

Love covers a multitude of sins.

When love is in action, a miracle is just around the corner. Liberty, freedom and victory follow closely on the heels of love.

This is the message of Won Without Words — the power of ‘in the same way’ love bending to the injustice of oppression, to show LOVE. I Peter 2-3. And what an uplifting force is the restorative power of love!

If you find yourself in the grip of oppression today, and you find yourself about to crumple. . . just go ahead and bend down to it. Bend your knee, and through prayer and the power of love, rise up in victory.

Oppression is the way of the world, and while we are in the world we will experience it on the physical level. But Christ has come to overcome the world, and to give us abundant life.

In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

You can sing in your spirit, and you can soar in the Spirit, even while you are crushed with the weight of oppression. It doesn’t make sense, but that is what makes it a miracle.

I am praying for all of  my sisters who might be facing oppression. It is a cruel taskmaster for the woman, who was created for beauty and joy and pleasure. Find victory through the Prince of Peace, Immanuel.

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