Poetry: Free

I wrote this simple poem around 2003. It was a season of profound transition and hurt brought about by a most unexpected disappointment. In a desperate attempt to reconcile my failures with faith, I was pushed to consider Jesus in a way I never had before. The poem become a psalm of personal reflection clinging to the hope that despite all my imperfection I wasn’t lost on Christ, the embodiment of Love and only One capable of setting me free.

Lately I’ve been wandering
Why You came to rescue me
From this life I have made
And my waves of restless peace

My life is so off course
What is it that You find
That You would come for me
To save me from a heart
So darkened by my pride
That You would leave everything behind

Lately I’ve been wandering
Why You would die for me
To give up beauty indescribable
Just to set me free

My life is so off course
What is it that You find
That You would come for me
To save me from a heart
So darkened by my pride
That You would leave everything behind

Brighter than the sunlight on a hot summers day
Cooler than the autumn breeze that could take my breath away
Higher than the farthest star any eye could ever see
Is the Love that came to this world
And He came to set us free
Oh this love
God’s love
Has come to set us free.

~ Fred Liggin, 2003

Below is a musical recording of the poem. Me (guitar and vocals) and my extraordinarily talented friend Simon (guitar and vocals) recorded it at least 15 years ago. We used to play quite a bit together. Although years and miles have separated us, his friendship has left an indelible mark on my life.*

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*Words by Fred Liggin, Music by Fred Liggin & Simon Sakatos

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, the husband to Alison Glenn, daddy to my little man Ian. I am a son, brother, friend, bi-vocational pastor of Williamsburg Christian Church, ethnographer, activist and justice seeker, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, adjunct professor at Regent University, and mission specialist of church renewal with Mission Alive. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester College. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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2 Responses to Poetry: Free

  1. Reverend Lonnie Hunt says:

    Thanks for sharing Pastor Fred. Thought provoking poem.

  2. Simon says:

    I was singing along with the harmony like it was yesterday…😉

    Cheers brother…🍻

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