In my quest for simplicity, I’m often drawn back to my battered book by Richard Foster, Freedom of Simplicity. He talks about the passion to possess and how the pace of our world leaves us feeling fractured and fragmented.
I so get that.
Although thankfully peace occupies more space in my pocket these days.
Richard reminds us of the paradox of simplicity.
It is both easy and difficult.
It is both simple and complex.
It is both internal and external.
It is both a grace and a discipline.
We do not necessarily fit it, but it fits us.
An unsimple gift.
The longing of my heart.
My Center and my periphery.
Focus over goal.
Release to gain.
Possess but not prize.
Free to serve.
Stay to go.
Stand firm to bow and to bend.
And when I turn ’round, as in the old Shaker hymn, no matter what direction, I want to see Jesus.
A simple gift.
Close your eyes and listen to this simply beautiful song.
“I recommend to you holy simplicity.” ~Francis de Sales