Freedom is, at its roots, not about options. At least in the Christian context, freedom is about love, what we love, how we love. Multiplicity of choices might in fact hinder love from having the context, the time, the room, the struggle requisite for growth and deepening. . . . We may rightly want to live as expansively as possible, but in fact, we are limited, we can’t have it all, we have to close some doors. To focus our energies, to suffer imperfection, to work things out, to wait out a storm—all these are essential ingredients in commitments that last.
—Roberta L. Bondi, “Practicing: A Second Flute,” quoted in A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God, by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, & John S. Mogabgab (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love.
—Galatians 5:13 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
This day, we want to embrace your loving freedom, O God, knowing that only in your freedom can we find an abundant life. Amen.
—Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, & John S. Mogabgab, A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God
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