As we journey through the Book of Acts during this Easter season, we are considering stories of Jesus’ early followers and what life was like for them in the days following the resurrection.

On Sunday, we read the story of the twelve Apostles (Chapter 5) and how they were sent to prison for telling people about the life and teachings of Jesus…and how they were then released from prison and continued telling people about Jesus.

We also considered the prisons we encounter in our own lives. I mentioned how we often create our own prisons by the habits and patterns of our lives…and how it is possible to find freedom (through different habits and patterns!) from anything that holds us back from living and loving fully.

In closing, here are some of the words to the song “It’s About Time” by Kenny Loggins:

It’s about time

I shed my skin

And set aside this self-made darkness

and walk on into the light

I’m sick of this Prison

I been calling my life

I finally found out the gates of hell are locked from the inside


If it’s about joy

If it’s about life

If it’s about love

It’s about time we get started

If it’s about trust

If it’s about hope

If it’s about us

It’s about time we get started

Oh baby

It’s all right

You only gotta face yourself

To make it to the other side

Oh baby you don’t know what you’ll find

‘Til you tear down those walls

And make up your mind

May you find freedom to live and love today…and in the days to come.

Aloha nui loa!

Kahu Alan Akana

“A Message from Kahu Alan Akana” is provided most weeks by the Kahu (Pastor) of Koloa Union Church, a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference. Join us at 3289 Poipu Road in Koloa!