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freedom.

24 Aug 2012

“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.”  ~ Dawna Markova

last night i was at a meeting at work. meetings generally are annoying, boring, and people don’t really say what’s on their minds. but, not at the church where i work as a minister. the leaders of the congregation are open, respectful, smart, and most importantly, lead from their hearts. they are honest and true to themselves & their beliefs, even though we may have different perspectives, opinions, & thoughts. i sat in the meeting last night, sharing my own thoughts & opinions, thinking how blessed i am to be able to work among these people.

as the meeting was breaking up, i was called aside by the chairperson & asked if i could preach on sunday because m cannot be there. i was already going to be leading most of the service, so it was just to preach the sermon as well (just! hehe!). of course i said yes, with great excitement! i love to preach. as i said a few days ago, preaching is like writing a blog post (with a bit more research behind it, of course) and delivering it aloud.

by the time i got home, panic set in. 2 days to write a sermon. in swedish. gaaahhh!

but, i can do it. i’m totally up for this challenge.

and i’m completely inspired by the quote above… my theme for sunday is “freedom”, something that i ponder often. what does it mean to be free? who is free? how do we become free? and if we desire/need freedom, then that implies that we are captive? to what are we captive? how are we enslaved? from what do we need to be set free? what are our responsibilities to other people who are not “free”? what does a free life look like? can we choose freedom? and what does faith have to do with freedom?

i do ask one thing of you, my dear readers. if you have any thoughts, ideas, inspirations about freedom & what it means to you, feel “free” (hehe) to share them in a comment. i receive such inspiration from hearing other peoples’ ideas, thoughts, stories, so if you have anything to add on this topic, i’d love to hear it! after sunday, i’ll post my sermon online, so you can read the “blog post” i delivered to the people in my church.

wish me luck, pray for me, send me good vibes, leave me a comment, whatever… a community of support would be greatly appreciated over the next 2 days. here’s to sending you good vibes and wishing you a fabulous friday!

peace to you all.

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  • Reply Anonymous 24 Aug 2012 at 09:23

    Elizabeth, Just remember that the freest person who ever lived was Jesus. He laughed and loved and gave himself without reservation to every person he encountered. And when it was time, he freely gave his life. Best to you as you prepare for Sunday.

  • Reply CarlyBeth's Blog 24 Aug 2012 at 21:33

    sending you good vibes, Liz. rather than draw from my own wisdom pertaining to freedom, let me borrow someone else’s:

    (Nina Simone – “I wish I knew how it would feel to be free”)

    It’s very, very inspiring! I highly recommend it, my friend shared it with me awhile ago 🙂

    • Reply liz 25 Aug 2012 at 00:11

      that is amazing. beautiful. thank you so much for sharing! xo

    • Reply liz 27 Aug 2012 at 11:12

      carly, i totally used this is my sermon yesterday!!! 🙂

      • Reply CarlyBeth's Blog 27 Aug 2012 at 20:58

        COOL!!! yay! haha glad to help out 🙂 it’s such a powerful little clip! xo

  • Reply dimitiekendall 27 Aug 2012 at 06:57

    Great post! Freedom for me is learning to be happy and love the life that I’m living. Both it’s ups and downs and to embrace all of the experiences that I encounter. It’s also about choices and knowing that I am free to choose the life I want to live. Good luck on Sunday. If you love doing it, then you will shine and people will enjoy it. Have a great day!

    • Reply liz 27 Aug 2012 at 10:50

      Thank you so much for your comment and for your input! It went well on Sunday, and felt amazing. Speaking of freedom, that’s exactly how i feel, free, when I have an opportunity like I did on Sunday. 🙂 Thanks, again, for sharing your thoughts.

  • Reply Laura4NYC 30 Aug 2012 at 04:31

    I saw the quote before, just love it!

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