I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light.
For a time
I rest in the grace of the world,
and am free.
-Wendell Berry (from The Peace of Wild Things)
The earth knows the value of freedom. Each wild cloud or still brook, faint breeze or raging wind, contains within it the seeds of freedom. When we listen to the pulse that drives all earthly things we are listening to a song of freedom-real freedom!
It is the kind of freedom that St. Paul writes about in Galatians.
For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
We know what bondage is like, I think, because we are fearful and anxious about many things. St. Paul and Wendell Berry invite us to enter the fathomless depth of silent grounding in the reality of our inheritance as sons and daughters of the Living God.
So for today allow yourself a moment to rest in the grace of the world. Stand under the night sky and look up. Breath in the immense sky. Let your own soul expand to meet it. You are free, indeed, for Christ has made you free.
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