Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Let Them Go
The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” John 11:44
It is the time of year and time of life to start over again. And it is impossible to start over again if we are clinging to things, people and places that have bound us. Ways of living that have wrapped us in a deadly spiral, a twisted, caught way of being that seems death like in it's grip, sour in it's longevity, binding in it's unwillingness to change. We do have to let go of somethings to make room for new life. We might have to fall, thinking there is no net. We might have to welcome the dead back to life. WE might have to make room in our hearts and homes for others. And for God. Love asks us to let go, so that our hands our open for receiving.And letting go can be one of the hardest things to do for most of us.
Today, I want to let go. Whatever creeps into my mind and raises anxiety and consternation -it will be time for me to unbind it and give ti to God in prayer.
"Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh, what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer." Wonderful words of an old standard and beloved family hymn. May we all have the courage to let them all go, so that God might bring us all new life.