As I anticipate the approach of the 4th of July, I will often reflect and pray about the nature of freedom. In doing so, I stumbled on an excellent and challenging question by Colin Gunton:
“Is freedom no more than my not being prevented from doing what I want?”
Gracious Father, help me to more deeply understand freedom as a gospel-empowered giving of myself for others, so that others delight your beauty. Constrain my affections so that I can reflect what it means to be truly free (Rom. 6:20-22).
 Colin E. Gunton, The One, the Three and the Many (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), 64.