July 4 Reflection from Bishop Sutton

One of the joys in my daily routine is to read some words of spiritual wisdom from several sources.  One such resource is the “Daily Faith” brief reflection sent from Well for the Journey, a non-profit center offering spiritual nourishment for daily living. (Visit their website at www.wellforjourney.org)

Today’s quote is especially well-suited for our national Independence Day holiday when we reflect on the meaning of freedom for our nation and our own lives.  The quote is:

“Resolve to live in the kingdom where God lives within you and you live within God.  That is the kingdom of freedom.  That is God’s kingdom, the world of grace.”

These wise words from M. R. Bawa Muhalyaddeen, a Sufi master, remind me that true freedom can only be fully realized in God, when I give myself totally to God’s reign in my life and in my relationships with others.  That kingdom is ruled by grace – not by my insatiable drives to satisfy my own desires, my own aspirations, my own will to seek power, control, security and success.

As The Episcopal Church gathers in its triennial national meeting in Indianapolis, I wonder what it would mean for our Church to seek this kind of freedom?  How would it increase our witness in the midst of this national day of reflection to model a way of “independence” that knows that our freedom is based on our being dependent on God and on one another?

+Eugene

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