Freedom Is a RelationshipNew Every Morning | July 14, 2022
Freedom is not a quality of man, nor is it an ability, a capacity, a kind of being that somehow flares up in him. Anyone investigating man to discover freedom finds nothing of it. Why? Because freedom is not a quality which can be revealed—it is not a possession, a presence, an object, nor is it a form for existence—but a relationship and nothing else.
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 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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The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.
—Romans 8:2 (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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Have to ponder this reflection. Bonhoeffer presents a lot of information quickly in words that need to be well understood before going on to the next word. Freedom is such an important word, concept. A very core idea of American thought even though many were denied freedom and in many ways freedom is being denied again.
We depend on others for the existence of our freedom just as others depend on us for their freedom. A person’s freedom ends where another person’s freedom begins.
God made love visible to us in Christ, then Christ’s sacrifice, paid our debt to sin and death, and by mercy, grace, and love through faith, we are redeemed, set free from sin, death, and damnation. In relationship with Christ we are free. Thank You, Lord.
Needed rain last night, another beautiful day here in the Mount Washington Valley, high in the 80s.
Prep for my trip to see my daughter and granddaughters underway. Have some new N95 masks to wear.
The new variant is more contagious. Thankfully variant focused booster shots are in the works, new meds to treat you are available, and there’s protection from serious illness with the vaccines and boosters. I hope everyone takes advantage of these. Count your blessings. Thank You, Lord.
Christ has set me free from having to do things in my own strength. He has freed me from being a slave to sin, a heart bent on worldly things. He has softened my heart and the Spirit helps me to recognize when I veer off path. He has also set my mind free from lingering in poor thought patterns.
Dad and I had a lovely morning of golf, which began in the fog. But blue skies crept out and it was refreshingly cool. We tried to grab lunch at a favorite Italian place, only to find out it is only open for dinner now. We made our way to another restaurant nearby, followed by ice cream.
I have to return to the vet today to return an unopened bag of prescription cat food, some syringes and the remainder of a vile of insulin. I will collect my cat carrier and pay my bill from Monday. Following this, I am meeting my friend to take a walk. I was going to go to her house, but we can meet halfway, where she is getting her hair cut – there is a walking path right there at her church. I have a box of Roger’s toys and treats, bequeathed to her two cats.