Happy Independence Day!
This day, we as a nation celebrate our freedoms from tyranny, oppression, brutality, and hate—to love, live, create, worship, celebrate, think, grow, and choose wisely. Do we act like we are free? If so, do we use this freedom for a cover-up for our own agendas, our own greed, or our own selfish desires? Do we use our freedom to put others down or enslave them in some manner? If we DON'T act like we are free, what is holding us captive? Are there bonds of our own doings, or are they derived from others? Elinor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Is someone or something making you feel inferior? Is there bondage that can be broken with this in mind?
For the 4th of July, how will you live out your freedom today? Will you think of others first? Will you ponder and contemplate and converse with others who may disagree with you? Will you be a peacemaker among those who only see division? Will you bridge partisanship and tribalism with acts of generosity and love?
On this Independence weekend 2020, let us renew our claim to freedom – given to us by the grace of God – to truly live as a people who are free. Let us extend our hands to our neighbors, to our family and friends, and to our countrymen, to embrace this freedom which was meant for all; a freedom that finds its source in the example and strength of Christ Jesus.
For it is only when we love and live like Christ that we will truly be free. (John 8:31-32)
Organist Tandy Reussner
First United Methodist Church, Lawrence, KS
Reuter organ, 4 manuals, 123 ranks, (making it the largest pipe organ in the state of Kansas).