December 19

Reflection

The deep desire and longing for freedom is in the hearts of all humanity, some in the reality of bondage and oppression, all in the bondage of their own struggles, flaws and yearning for spiritual wholeness. As we seek our own inner freedom the very desire for it helps us to realize that where we are is the place where we will hear God’s voice. We meet God in the context of our lives. This is our holy ground where God is present to us.  This is where we will be set free.

Prayer 

May I recognize God’s presence as I seek my inner freedom.

Action  

Do you place the limits of specific places as holy ground? Accept your own inner freedom so that you can touch those you meet with a spirit that sets them free.

Suggested Reading

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
John 8:32

No man is free who is not a master of himself.
Epictetus

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Albert Schweitzer

When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.
Ralph Ellison

Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery.
Matthew Arnold

It requires greater courage to preserve inner freedom, to move on in one’s inward journey into new realms, than to stand defiantly for outer freedom. It is often easier to play the martyr, as it is to be rash in battle.
Rollo May

No one can find inner peace except by working, not in a self- centered way, but for the whole human family.
Peace Pilgrim

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
Henry Ward Beecher

 Do you remember Moses at the burning bush?  God had to tell him to take off his shoes–he didn’t know he was on holy ground.  And if we can just come to see that right where we are is holy ground–in our jobs and homes, with our co-workers and friends and families.  This is where we learn to pray.
Richard Foster

Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossip, Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Moses stuttered, Abraham was old, and Lazarus was dead. God doesn’t call the qualified, God qualifies the called!
Author Unknown

 

 

 

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