(The following questions about freedom were asked during a conference call with an online group I was in a couple of years ago. This post is a revised version of the original.)
WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU?
What does it look like, sound like, feel like, smell like, taste like?
One thing freedom means to me is the ability to be myself without fearing what others will think. It means having time to pursue writing, photography and other interests, and being free to practice my faith.
Sometimes I feel very free.
When I am on the porch swing or walking barefoot in the grass I take time to listen, to observe, and immerse myself in the beauty of creation. For a time I’m able to forget about all the work waiting for me. The tension seems to drop away if only for a few minutes.
Freedom looks like the wide open sky
Freedom sounds like a mighty rushing waterfall
Freedom feels like a cool evening breeze
Freedom smells like clean clothes right off the line
Freedom tastes like the salty ocean spray
splashing my face
Freedom may not always be sweet
Sometimes it’s rather sour
with many hardships to overcome
Freedom is worth it
Dear God, please grant us freedom…
the shackles and bonds that keep us from You;
self-righteousness or self degradation that comes from comparing ourselves with others;
prejudices that cause distrust and hate;
pressure to conform or perform;
fail and learn from our mistakes;
pursue and follow where You lead even if others don’t understand;
love others with the love You give us;
live in peace and harmony with our neighbors.
In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.