Grace and peace to you all!
But now that you have been freed from sin … Romans 6:22
This extended Independence Day weekend there will likely be a lot of talk about freedom – and the Romans reading for this Sunday discusses not only what we are freed from, but also what we are freed for, as people of faith. So this week I share these words from one of our country’s great poets, Walt Whitman:
This is what you should do:
Love the earth and sun and animals,
despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
stand up for the stupid and crazy,
devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants,
argue not concerning God,
have patience and indulgence toward the people…
reexamine all you have been told in school or church
or in any book,
dismiss what insults your very soul,
and your flesh shall become a great poem.
See you at the Old Brick Church on Sunday!