I am going to free myself up from my self-imposed template of length and structure for awhile, in favor of being more prolific and getting more posts out to you.
This story in the LA Times of a blind runner competing on a high school track team underscores the irony that in order to run with the chariots or really be free, we must in fact be tethered. Liberation for me, comes from being bound like an ox to Christ. When we submit to His yoke, our burdens lose their weight and we are finally on course. Read it and well up as I did at the beauty of her ambition and gratitude, the coach's resolve and resilience, the teammates' compassion and character development that are all perfectly woven together for good as the Father designed in advance. The story is also covered here in Breaking Christian News with a different slant.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1-3
Interesting that like God, the runner knows each helper by name.
And the LORD said to Moses, "I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name." Exodus 33:16-18
And how naturally inclusion flows out of the Coach Sramek's expectation of mutual respect and manners from his players.
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9:1-3
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