Letting go is one of the hardest things we can do. I have often persisted in trying to fix something or a relationship that refuses any fixes. We can hurt and discourage ourselves when folks won't listen and won't take in forgiveness. Healing requires a willingness, an openness to God and change, and when that is refused, we only hurt ourselves and our ministries by trying to fix the un-fixable. Some things we have to leave to God.
Jesus is sending his disciples out after they had walked many miles with him. They had witnessed many miracles and been strengthened by these experiences. Now they were going out on their own and facing the challenges of caring for others. Jesus tells them to offer life and healing to everyone. He also tells them to shake off the dust and leave to God those who refuse to hear, those who refuse to welcome, those who refuse love and forgiveness. What a practical bit of advise and yet so hard for many of us to hear. We tend to take refusal as a challenge. God invites us today to let no be no, and continue to offer what we have in the places we are received and among the people that will welcome us.
Today I ask God to help me let go and give God the situations I cannot fix. May we shake the dust off our feet when we are rejected, forgiving the hardness of heart and turning them over to God. May we be ready at all times to move on, accepting the welcome of those who open their doors. And may we let go so that we can be strengthened for the days ahead.