Even not dressed up like a monk, you can't help but see Pastor Mike Freeman as a seeker. His wealth of knowledge and unending humility reflects what must be a very real and personal relationship with God, and years of reading and listening.
It is easy to acknowledge, but almost impossible to realize for long, that we are mirrors whose brightness, if we are bright, is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us. ~ C.S. Lewis
In the many years my wife and I have attended Vineyard Boise together, I've' had many personal "A-ha" moments. Times when a certain verse or concept suddenly made sense. Or times when I had known something, but in a moment of clarity, my heart came to the same realization. A huge percentage of those times have come through the teaching and writings of Pastor Mike Freeman.
The term mentor often comes to mind when I think of Pastor Mike, even though we don't really have that relationship. Yet I feel as though we do. We don't meet for coffee. He's rarely speaking in response to what I'm personally going through. But the words he's written or spoken, are sharp. They've been eye opening. They've been timely. It's often been God's voice, through Mike's lips.
Pastor Mike spoke at church a few weeks ago dressed in his habit. I felt like it suited him so well, and I was inspired to create a photo of him. I've been considering taking photos of the people who inspire me, and he was a perfect person to start with.