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Blues, Blind Boys and the Road of True Freedom.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Praised be Jesus Christ!! Now and Forever!!
One of my favorite groups to listen to is the Blind Boys of Alabama. I have listened to them for years. They have a song "Freedom Road" which is an adaptation of the old spiritual "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Roun'". I love the words "gonna keep on walkin', keep on talkin' walkin' down Freedom Road". I think about obstacles and potential hazards that come up on the spiritual life and I have to fall back on the simple yet profound words to that song. I have to stay focused on the big picture and on the path Our Lord has placed me on. Not that every detour that comes along is wrong and it through Divine Providence could be right. What does a soul do? You keep on walking...In faith, you keep on talking...to God in prayer and you keep on moving down the road of freedom that Christ has given you.
I think in times when those distractions (even good ones) come up I have to look at the map. Where is God calling me? What am I called too? Is the distraction part of His plan? Is not sacrifice in the present moment far better for the greater mission that I am being called to carry out? Or am I doing a bit to much 'navel gazing' by examining and re-examining my motives?
Alas, there is but One Source for the answers and it does not come by blogging but by spending what I call 'knee time' -ie. time in prayer before Our Eucharisic Lord and Redeemer. That is where the answers are. Yes, God wants us to rest, to refresh ourselves and to be joyful. There are very dark and difficult days quickly approaching that most of the world is completely oblivious to. One does not have to be too far along in the spiritual life with Christ Jesus to see that. What I have to do is distinguish between the Will of God and what is the will of me. The former is far more important than the latter on that. I have to (as we all should do) distinguish between God and the Works of God - the latter is vital but it should never take place of the former.
So, I finish this posting maybe with a few more answers and maybe you have more questions- that is fine. Take your questions about your own walk along Freedom Road to the One with all the answers. He waits for each of us. He who is the Divine Prisoner in the tabernacles of the world. It is He who we celebrated as The Word Made Flesh recently waits for each of us. It is He who will come in glory possibly sooner than we all expect- waits for each of us. He calls us...Come and rest and you will find refreshment, peace and the answers you seek before the Throne of Grace and Mercy. Our Lord Jesus Christ calls each of us to look to Him as we pick up our crosses and walk with Him down Freedom Road.
Jesus I Trust in You! Lead me on....
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!
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