“Little Ease”

In his book, Telling Secrets, Fredrick Buechner describes a white tower with two rooms. The first is a chapel on the second floor. It is a place of peace and respite — a silent and still place where one can breathe. The other room he calls, the Little Ease. The Little Ease is underneath the tower. It a tiny space measuring only four feet by four feet high. It is a dungeon created to press you in; designed so that you cannot fully sit, stand or lie down. There is little hope in the Little Ease.

“The Little Ease is a place of torment, but if you live there long enough, it eventually becomes home. If you manage to escape it, where do you go next, who do you become next? If after all those years you get well, what do you do with your wellness? The responsibility is staggering. The freedom is staggering.”


Freedom – the ability to make choices


For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”

— 2 Peter 2:18-19


True freedom can only be found within the love for and desire to serve Jesus as Lord.