From Rev. Arlene

I hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July holiday!

It is a day to celebrate the birth of our nation. Although we have many political freedoms as a result of that time, many of us are still not free.

Instead of being in bondage to another country or some dictator, we are in bondage to our fears, our possessions, our finances, our relationships, and our jobs – the list can go on and on.

True freedom comes not so much from not having any of the above but from our non-attachment to them. Attachment to people, places and things keeps us in bondage, but non-attachment sets us free.

When we understand this, we are no longer owned by these things, but become temporary stewards of them for as long as we have them. Most of our fears center on either not getting enough or losing what we have. But the more fear we have of losing things, the more we become slaves to those things.

Every day can be Independence Day when we learn the true meaning of freedom!

Quote of the Week

“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” Aristotle

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