Sunday morning found us constructing a huge cube made out of canes.
Jon must have designed this for a team building exercise????
Laughter, co-operation, vision and initiative isn’t that what fellowship is all about.
Jon explained that the cube we had constructed was the same size and shape as Nelson Mandela’s cell, shared by three people.
Inscription at the Archiepiscopal Chapel at Ravenna:
Aut lux nata est aut capta hic libera regnat
The light is either born here or imprisoned, reigns in freedom
Some quotes from Nelson Mandela
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
Often credited to Nelson Mandela – but a quote from Marianne Willamson
“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
We all had a poem to take away and read to help us reflect on freedon
My FREEDOM – Glamorous Enigma
Freedom To … Raymond A. Foss
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
Frederick Douglass Robert Hayden
Underwear – Lawrence Ferlinghetti
The Weight – Linda Gregg
Prayer – Jorie Graham
A light exists in spring – Emily Dickinson
Autumn Conundrum – Michael R. Burch
Freedom comes from God:
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there
2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)
Freedom to talk to God:
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom
Ephesians 3:12 (NIV)
Freedom to share it around:
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to
preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom
for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the
Luke 4:18 (NIV)
Freedom to follow:
And I’ll stride freely through wide open spaces as I look for your truth
and your wisdom.
Psalm 119:45 (The Message)
Thank you that you are the source of our freedom even when we choose to walk in darkness.
Thank you that we are free to talk to you any time we want without fear of imprisonment.
We remember those who are not free and who are persecuted
for their beliefs.
Thank you that we are free to come into presence because you removed the roadblocks.
Thank you that you make wide open spacious places for us to dwell in.
Help us not to abuse our freedom and follow our own selfish desires.
Help us to use our freedom wisely and walk in the light.
Give us courage to speak words of life which set others free.
Thank you that you were imprisoned and died for us so that we may be set free.