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I would ask that prior to reading this devotion, that you take a moment and ask yourself if you are living in the past or are you living in the present. Far too many people spend their lives living in the past and thinking about what used to be, the “good ole’ days.” Nothing is accomplished by simply looking back on what used to be. We must have the courage to live in the now and in the future. We enslave ourselves by dwelling solely on the past. We should learn from the past but never allow it to enslave us.  Many people will not be open to receive the COVID vaccine because they are preoccupied as to what happened with vaccines and medicines in the past. Please do not misunderstand me. We should have knowledge of the past, but we cannot allow it to imprison us. That is true for every facet of our lives, particularly, as people of color who know the pain of our past. But we praise God for knowing that He is a Liberator. He brings us good news. Today’s good news is from Isaiah 61:1.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.”

The Prophet Isaiah speaks to the people on behalf of God. God has anointed Him to bring good news to those who have suffered pain. He wants them to receive the news that there is a better day coming. The Sovereign Lord will show justice to the nations of the world. The people will be blessed for He will bring justice to those who suffered injustice and peace to those who have never experienced peace. He will make their days better than those in their past. Know that whatever you are going through shall pass and you do not have to be crippled by your past. You can live in hope for the promise of a better day.