1 a : to buy back
b : to get or win back
2: to free from what distresses or harms: as
a : to free from captivity by payment of ransom
b : to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental
c : to release from blame or debt : clear
d : to free from the consequences of sin
3: to change for the better: reform
4: repair, restore
5 a : to free from a lien by payment of an amount secured thereby
b (1) : to remove the obligation of by payment (2) : to exchange for something of value
c : to make good : fulfill
6 a : to atone for : expiate
b (1) : to offset the bad effect of (2) : to make worthwhile : retrieve
What comes to mind when you hear the word, redeem?
One childhood memory immediately comes to my mind. Back in the day, I would redeem my soda bottle for a nickel at the store. I returned the bottle to be reused, recycled, and refilled again.
redeem S and H Green Stamps. She redeemed her booklets filled with stamps for free merchandise from their catalog.
Many thoughts come to mind from my faith tradition ~ from the verses in scripture and words of hymns that tell of being redeemed ~ a price paid to free me from the wages of sin and death.
When I started this blog almost three years ago, I knew I would call it, Redeeming the Future. As I looked at the events of my life, I did not want the lean years to devour the rich years. I realized that, like me, there were others who may one day find themselves on a similar journey ~ on a difficult path filled with obstacles that obscured their hope of ever experiencing peace.
What truly comes to mind when I hear the word redeem are two powerful words that are signposts along my journey ~
HOPE ~ a strong belief that there is a pathway through difficult times that can bring us to a healing place; a place where we can once again know the joy of experiencing peaceI am not just another Pollyanna ~ an excessively or blindly optimistic person. The message of Redeeming the Future is not a pie-in-the-sky kind of gospel. Redeeming the future does not take away the reality of the pain, loss, and disappointments of the past or the present. But that simple six-letter word ~ redeem ~ provides a new lens through which I can look back at the difficult times with hope, knowing that I can be transformed; I can become stronger in the broken places.
TRANSFORMATION ~ the decision to not be destroyed, but to be transformed by those things that seem to be quite literally more than I can bear
I love the following quote by author Maria Robinson ~
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
And that, my friend, is all about Redeeming the Future.
So, what comes to mind when YOU hear the word, redeem?