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My Freedom Prayer
By Heidi Baumgartner, Washington Conference communication director
My Facebook feed was full of patriotic celebration photos and posts for the Fourth of July. I always enjoy seeing people’s life experiences and the moments in time that they want to remember.
Yet there was one post with a lady’s essay on freedom that caused me to stop and ponder.
She wrote in part: “Freedom…it is a sacred, noble concept. God’s government is based on it. The Son of God left His home to live among us, to show us through His own life the high value God places on our freedom (freedom to choose Him, or not.)” She then quoted John 8:36 - “If the Son makes you free you shall be free indeed.”
I started thinking about freedom in my own life, this Bible passage from John 8, and the freedom I’ve found in Christ. And then God brought to mind the freedom prayer I first learned about 10 years ago.
Monte Saxby, math teacher for Skagit Adventist Academy in Washington Conference, has always wanted to do a “big” bike ride. This summer he will have the opportunity to do just that as he rides his bicycle (along with his son) to the 2018 Teachers’ Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
Why? In part to support Skagit's student aid program through collecting per-mile or one-time donations.
Saxby's background as a math teacher is evident in his careful planning for the big ride. If all goes as planned, the father-son duo will ride 2,296 miles in 19 days (plus three Sabbath rests). That averages to more than a “century” per day of riding!
See the full story from Engage magazine, plus find a link to Saxby's Instagram account!