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Learning To Let Go

Today’s Reflection

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
Aging Faithfully

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.

Today’s Question

Pray the prayer at the end of today’s reflection. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

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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  • robert moeller October 28, 2012, 5:15 am

    Have thought about “traveling light” before I read this. Hope my model trains will go to a museum in my boyhood home town. I try not to harbor any ill will and to forgive those who hurt me. Makes me wonder about the hurt I knowingly and unknowingly did to others and ask for forgiveness. We come to this life with nothing and accumulate worldly stuff, material goods matter not only what’s unseen.

    Lord, help all of us, those directly involved in combat, those in support roles, those whose taxes support war, and those who are innocent bystanders in the wars and conflicts around the world to learn peace and do what you would do to bring true peace. Syria and Afghanistan come quickly to mind but also the drug war in Mexico, conflicts in Central America, the Congo, Rwanda, Liberia, the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, and Myanmar. Tibet and North Korea are still struggles for the people living there. May the love of Christ come into everyone’s heart and peace and love be the result. In Jesus Name, I pray, Amen.

  • heidi October 28, 2012, 8:10 am

    Gracious One, in all honesty, it is not the past I struggle to release; it is the “what ifs” of the future that find their way into my peace.

    So Lord, help me to remember that you are already there, waiting for me to arrive; that you are making way, as you have already done, in times and spaces where I can see nary a clue of way.

    And lead me, always, in faithful fashion, to the next step. Give me courage to match my desire, hope to match my peace. Amen

    • Buzz October 28, 2012, 9:26 am


  • Buzz October 28, 2012, 9:32 am

    “Let go….”
    But I won’t let go unless I can give “it” to someone else. It’s just the stubborn way I was born.
    As I have learned in AA/ SA, etc. “Let go. Let God.” “For there’s no other way to be happy….”

  • robert moeller October 29, 2012, 4:36 am

    Thank you Heidi and Buzz!

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