Whether you’re new to learning about Juneteenth, or it’s part of your family heritage, we’re glad you’re engaging in the meaning of this day with the conversation in the video above, some history, and a Juneteenth prayer.
Juneteenth honors one day of freedom in history, but it also reminds us of many emancipation days and all of the people whose years of courage and suffering helped end the sin of slavery in America. Let’s pray this Juneteenth stands as a day to honor the victories won, and let’s press on following the way of Jesus to dismantle injustice and pursue freedom for all people (Luke 4:14-21).
What’s the History of Juneteenth?
In June of 2021, the United States Congress passed legislation with overwhelming support to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday.
How Has Juneteenth Been Celebrated?
’Til earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
Forgive us for every way we break the picture of You in our lives.
Thank You for setting our people, our country, and our relatives free from the bondage of slavery.
Will You show us how to live out Your love today as we celebrate the hope of freedom?
Will You help us work to right the wrongs so many face that still grieve Your heart today?
Thank You, Jesus—You’re our picture and power for restoration in our world.
Holy Spirit, give us eyes to see and the will to work for godly justice where we live.
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