In New York Harbor stands an iconic symbol of hope, freedom, and opportunity. The Statue of Liberty’s full name is Liberty Enlightening the World, and was a gift from France to the United States of America in 1886. This 305 foot statue’s exterior is made of copper, which has turned green due to oxidation. In her left arm, Lady Liberty holds a tablet inscribed with the date, July 4, 1776, the date the American Declaration of Independence was signed. Her right arm is outstretched, holding high a flaming torch, lighting the way to freedom. While her feet are difficult to see, she stands among a broken shackle and chains, with her right foot rising up, depicting a forward movement away from slavery and oppression.
Lady Liberty faces SouthEast, a perfect position to be viewed by all ships entering the harbor. Through the years, this statue has welcomed innumerable immigrants into the land of the free and the home of the brave. She stands as a symbol, lighting the way to freedom and showing us the path to liberty.
Just as the Statue of Liberty holds high her own light, we are also able to be a light, helping others find their way in their own quest for personal or spiritual freedom.
This concept of being a light reminds me of Matthew 5:16, which says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
The world is so often a dark place. Perhaps you think you don’t have much light to offer, hold up your light anyway.
If you have ever been in a pitch-black room, you know that even the smallest light makes a huge difference. Choose to shine your light. It can and will make a difference in lives of those around you. Who are you helping today? Let us together shine our light brightly, making a difference in this world!