Shopping without masks?
Having food and water enough for the day?
Singing in churches?
Visiting loved ones in care homes or prisons?
Belonging to a place that is not torn apart by war and fighting?
Staying at the bedside of someone we love who is sick?
Dancing in nightclubs?
Not having to strive for a sense of identity?
Going to school uninterrupted?
Having a voice?
Escape in a dinghy?
Having two vaccinations?
Hugging family and friends?
Playing contact sports?
I rather think that we are free as we receive God’s free gift of his love and eternal purpose in and through relationship with his son Jesus. All the above are expressions of our human longing for relationship – with one another and I suggest with God.
Freedom is not a selfish matter of doing what we please and when we want to! In these new times of freedom we will need to go gently with one another, as people respond differently to these new times without restrictions.
A last thought: let us work also for those basic human freedoms too – the freedom to live without fear of war or oppression or lack of food and clean water. This work may be in the form of prayer; it may be in donating to charities; it may be in informing ourselves about global situations and being a voice that speaks out for the needs of those in need.
Jesus says: I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.