IN SOME WAYS, aging is a process of learning to let go. …
Over time you have accumulated not only material things but also emotional baggage. You have stuffed anger, rejection, and pride deep inside you like dirty clothes into laundry bags. Now that you have aged, the weight feels especially burdensome.
Jesus calls you to travel light. He wants to liberate you from both kinds of baggage that you are dragging behind you. He wants to prepare your heart to let go.
Let go of a critical spirit. Let go of things you cannot change. Let go of the resentment you harbor for someone who hurt you. Let go of self-righteous pride and the heaviness of heart that weighs you down.
Loosen your grip on material things too. You can’t take that stuff with you when you leave this world. … To travel light is to gain everything by letting go.
Almighty God, I confess that I often cling to the past. Today I name these things that weigh me down and lay them at your feet: [tell God the concerns weighing on your heart].
Enable me to value relationships more than objects or feelings. Give me the courage to leave my baggage behind as I travel on. Amen.
– Missy Buchanan
From pages 38-39 of Aging Faithfully: 28 Days of Prayer by Missy Buchanan. Copyright © 2011 by Missy Buchanan. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
Mark 10:52, NRSV
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