Saturday, August 21, 2010
WHO AM I NOW?
Many times in my journey I expressed my desire for more freedom. I did not always know freedom from what, to do what, or for what. In the words of a popular song from my youth, it was just "Don't Fence Me In."
I especially resonated with the New Testament emphasis on freedom. The Apostle Paul said clearly, "Freedom is what we have--Christ has set us free." Accordingly,that is what kept me a Baptist. The freedom Baptists stood for historically included the freedoms of conscience and religious liberty. I experienced disillusionment and grief when my denomination split over these values. I still treasure these values. I am pleased that at this stage of life, I am free to explore more of what God is doing in all religions and faith groups. That is exciting.
What I look for now is worship space that provides for unity, inclusiveness, love, service and understanding. In my private spiritual space (including daily soul-searching time with Martha), I value dropping below the surface of a world in conflict where in my transparency I can be free to be me and less controlled by my ego. WhenI can allow that to happen I experience more joy, peace, grace and God. In that space of spiritual freedom and awareness I can now know what God is calling me to be and do in community and relations with others.