First speaker: "This is an Abraham day."
Reply: "And we have roots."
Together (if appropriate) "Make us fulfillments of your ancient plan. Let us bless. Let us bless. Let us bless."
A special "Hello"
The Roots Declaration as a two-part special greeting
First speaker: "This is a resurrection day."
Reply: "And we are free!"
Together (if appropriate) "Make us a drum* declaring freedom is here. Let it beat. Let it beat. Let it beat."
* Change to a bell, trumpet, or other instrument appropriate for freedom where you are.
A freedom greeting
The Freedom Declaration as a two-part special greeting
Greetings at home
1. Say it to yourself and/or your spouse when you wake up
2. A parent may say it as a child is leaving for school or going out with friends. Try it as an improvement on the basic, "Have fun," "Be good," or "Have you got your lunch?"
3. At breakfast a parent may say the first half ("This is a resurrection day,") and let the child say the second half ("And we are free.")
Greet/chant as a team
The Freedom Declaration unifies any team or group that says it together. It is like the shout that a sports team gives when they put their hands all together before they go out to start the game. You may also want to use the Freedom Prayer with the Declaration.
Part of the feeling of unity comes from knowing what to say. When the coach or team leader says the first half of the Declaration, an outsider would not know how to finish it, but the insiders all do. They belt it out.
Group members may also use it as a greeting any time they see each other outside the group. It reminds them of the whole group, and that is an empowering thought.
Why use it?
The Freedom Declaration and/or the Freedom Prayer give us a secure identity and make us grateful for it.
The Declaration sets the tone for our day. Whatever else may happen in this day, however great or awful, must happen in light of this rock-solid truth--that God raised Jesus from the grave to prove that his declaration of a new era of freedom was true.
The Declaration makes our purpose in life crystal clear. We are to bless everyone with the freedom we get from God.
People who overhear you using this special greeting may wonder if you are using some kind of code, and in a way, you are. It is your way of helping each other keep in SYNC with Christ, your shared project.