Listen to ‘Finally’ by Gungor. You can wait for multiple people to listen together—and continue through the station solo.
Call me back into the silence
Into the sunlight
Every breath a standing defiance
Of death and of clamor
Let darkness be scattered now
Here in the free
We could just be
We’ll chase the sun
Naked we’ll run
We could be free
I’ll be here waiting in silence
Waiting for sunlight
To make all the world shine bright
All the stars fall in line
And the seas bow their heads
We remember our dead and we sing
As the silence it grows and the
worlds fade away
All the sons empty their graves
We will sing another day
We’ll sing another day
What does it mean to you to simply BE?
Is it about authenticity? Is it about freedom? Is it about happiness? Is it about circumstances going your way?
Write a sentence or two on what it means to just, BE.
Reflect on the moments you felt most free, most able to just BE, in the past year.
We often get BE-ing twisted—-it’s often bound to our DO-ing or even our SURROUND-ings. You see how that’s all external, right? It’s what we put out there in the world—-and it’s what encompasses us. But this isn’t where meaning, where BE-ing is fueled.
God desires for us to he the persons we were created to be: to be simply and purely ourselves, and in this state to love God and to let ourselves be loved by God. It is a double journey, really: finding God means allowing ourselves to he found by God. And finding our true selves Means allowing God to find and reveal our true selves to us. – James Martin, Becoming Who You Are
Were you free to BE in the past year? Or were you “bound” in the DO-ings and SURROUND-ings of life?
Martin writes, “an unfreedom (is) anything that would keep me from growing more as a loving person.”
What unfreedoms do you encounter? What creates an expectation that “when this happens (SURROUND-ings) . . .” or “when I accomplish (DO-ings) . . .” “I will be happy (or free)”?
List your unfreedoms here . . .
Peter Rollins points out that true “orthodoxy” is linked not to a belief about the world but about a way of being in the world—a true-ness of self is needed.
Pray that your 2014 will be a year where, just maybe, you would have a sense of freedom to BE . . . Finally.
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