For this Fall: Little Slips of Letting Go

“But, a beautiful thing happens when you’re stripped bare in the loving presence of Jesus. He wraps His healing comfort around your heart and He does it by bringing out the truth of what’s happened.  He speaks the fear that you feel and says –I was there. I understand. I still love you.” Autumn Song, Faith Barista

Maybe that is the still, small voice that calls me to Be still and know. As Fall begins and I rake leaves, I wonder what old patterns, toxic thoughts, people, expectations, and beliefs I need to rake away and discard. What should go and what should rest?

What is no longer needed is shed with ease – no struggle.

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In the Fall of 2009, I wrote down on tiny slips of paper the things, the people, the toxic thoughts I would relinquish.

I burned them and placed the ashes in the flower bed where, in the spring, I planted Lantanas. One Lantana stubbornly refused to be slayed by record winters and summers. It continued to bud that spring.

And it returned and budded again just last week.

Last fall, during a rainstorm, I tossed tiny slips of paper into the foamy waves at a Malibu beach.The waves brought the slip with one person’s name on it back to the shore. That night, the person from the slip sent a message to me.

Some people, places and things we think we need to let go, but Because of Grace they are washed and returned back to our shore.

Then, as now, my prayer is to have the courage of Falling apart in God’s arms through friends and loved ones.

What must you resist releasing? It is best not to release Hope, because hope often must wait in the dark caverns of winter for a rebirth in Spring. Hope and Good always necessitate long waiting.

What are you willing to dig deep and plant again?

What are you holding on to that you are willing to release, creating breathing room for expansion and growth?

Are there more questions than leaves already fallen?

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A Prayer Prior to Letting Go:

God of Grace, please put the people and places in my life that you desire, and take out those you do not. Please guide me to know what to release, what to shed. Please show me, help me know in my spirit, if there are any “rights” I need to relinquish that may be hindering my freedom to experience Your love and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A Related Post by Jeri Taira, God’s Dream For Me, The Letting Go

 

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One Response

  1. Helen – this is beautiful! “but Because of Grace they are washed and returned back to our shore.” what a wonderful reminder. Thank you for sharing this with us in the jam!

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