21 September, 2013

Unfettered and Unencumbered


For the first time in my adult life, I am without keys. No keys to a home, no keys to a car, and no keys to a workplace. All of that, with a purpose.

As you probably know, I’m heading to Bali for six months to serve with some wonderful new friends in a congregation called Gateway Community Church. My tickets are bought, my visa is applied for, and my bags are packed. Before I leave, though, I’m traveling around the South seeing friends and family. Today’s stop is in Durham, North Carolina.

You would think that being without keys would somehow be liberating. And it is. Unfettered and unencumbered is a great thing for now. But it’s not without some pain, too. While I’m not tied to any job or any housing situation, I am still tied to people. Letting loose of the binds that tie us is tough. And while I’m not letting go of those
bonds, they will not be so tight for a while. The hymn, “Blessed Be the Tie that Binds” comes to mind.

We share each other’s woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows

The sympathizing tear.
When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

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