You may not be familiar with poet Emma Lazarus. And you may not recognize the title of her most famous work, The New Colossus. But if you are from America, you will be very familiar with the following words from that poem.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
These words are found on the base of the Statue of Liberty. And they remind us of the heart of God. Jesus knew what it was to be homeless and poor. The prophet described him as a “man of suffering” (Isaiah 53:3).
If you long for freedom, know this – God is for you. He invites you to cross the ocean of your addiction to the freedom that awaits on the distant shore.
Recovery Step: Freedom can be yours, if you really want it. The God who lifts his lamp beside the golden door awaits you with open arms.