I am planning a new series in July, on freedom.
John 15:5-8 from The Message:
“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
Free of Self-Concern
I would be free of my own nothingness.
There is new freedom and everything of God.
Oh, for a relationship intimate and organic,
Here are my hopes; bless them.
My aspirations are deep in this journal; bless them.
My plans are organized in this ledger; bless them.
My abilities are deep within me; bless me.
My future, so clear, is lost in me; bless me.
All my resources, not really mine, to be blessed again,
take into your hands!
May I be free of my own concerns, or will
they continue to anchor me?
I surrender all this.
Bless me to be a blessing.
Will I stay in prayer today?
Will I be in missions today?
Let my day flow from the love of Christ.
(c) Tom Bolton, 28 April 2013, Milwaukee