Scripture reading

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

–2 Corinthians 3:17

Thought of the Day

Our family just celebrated a joyous occasion. My son, Parker, just graduated from the University of Texas. We spent the weekend in Austin for the festivities. It was nice. We were quite proud. One of the speakers at one of the ceremonies talked about Henry David Thoreau and his time at Walden. The title of his speech was “To Live Deliberately”. It was a great speech. The title was derived from Thoreau writing about moving to Walden Pond. Here it is.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

The speaker dissected the word deliberately and showed the audience that right in the middle of the word, is “liberate”. He talked about how liberating it is to live deliberately. Now this speaker gave a great talk, but he didn’t mention God at all. Guess what I thought of during his speech? You guessed it. I thought about God. I thought about how as people of faith we are called to live deliberately. I thought about how liberating it is to be a follower of Christ Jesus. Because you know, where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.


Lord, Thank you for setting me free. Amen.

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