To break free
of the selfish me,
the poor victim —
the need and lack —
gratitude is the need,
thanksgiving the ticket
out from chains
of mental bondage.
God sets people free. The freedom he gives is from sin, from its guilt, from its ultimate consequence of eternal punishment. God is not interested in changing a person’s physical condition or social situation. What happens here on earth is for but a short time. His concern is to reconcile us to himself. This is what Christ accomplished on the cross. Continue reading
and I shall walk in a wide place,
for I have sought your precepts. Psa 119.45
Wide, open space to move and breathe,
Of which the ancients wrote, they prayed
To walk in freedom, sure of their step,
Their progress certain, confident saints
Who knew God’s blessing and presence.
In crowded cities, with busy agendas,
Little do we know of openness,
Of time to reflect, with deeper thoughts;
Schedules tight around our throats—
O Lord, broaden our path of life.
Give glory to God, who places his people in pleasant spaces, by streams of living water, in cool shades, in fertile land, the Lord who cultivates in his saints a confident trust and a hope for a lasting home! Praise him for leading us out of bondage and into freedom! Praise him for releasing us from the ravages of sin into the wide space of his grace! To him be glory and power and dominion and honor forever and ever!
Lately, I’ve migrated back somewhat to Twitter, though I’ve not left off the open-source alternatives. As I was adding a new feed today, there was no good list that it fit, so I created a new one: “Freedom, Free Enterprise.” In the space for the description of the list, I wrote the phrase: “Use freedom wisely, spread freedom widely.” (That’s original with me, BTW; you can tell I’m proud of it.) Continue reading
Still with my nose in 2 Peter 1, here’s an item on a subject we think bad for criminals. But good for us. Continue reading