Let it Go
What are the things that cause you pain, cause you to hurt, physical and emotional? There are some things that we deal with every day which give us struggle yet make us have a stronger character in the end through enduring the hardships and making our way through to the other side. There are things which bring us struggle to help us, but then there are things which bring us pain and dread, wearing us down. How do we know when to let these things go?
There are some things in life that we need to move away from, for our own good. God tries to send us warnings in order to bring us to this realization, though sometimes it's hard to listen. An example may be cutting ties with a boyfriend/girlfriend if they are really just bringing you into a life of sin, as opposed to helping you strive for sainthood. It could be cutting ties with friends who no longer have a good influence on you, who may drink or party too much. Now, God does not want us to just give up on these relationships and struggles. We need to try to fix them, and push our way through for the better. But sometimes, there is no fixing, but a need to let go.
In today's Gospel we read: "For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his reward. "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched. For every one will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its saltness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another" (Mark 9:41-50). Jesus tells us to cut ties with the things which cause us to sin. He doesn't mean literally cut off your arm, but change your ways, your path, what you are involved in. Jesus died to save us from our sin, the very least we can do is honour his saving love through changing ourselves for the good.
Today's prayer comes from: 'The Guided Life', a prayer for letting go:
In this moment, I let go of all thoughts and concerns.
When I let go, I am able to receive.
When my hands are formed into tight fists, I cannot open my hands to receive anything.
When I hang onto tight control,
When I close off my heart and my spirit,
I cannot receive your blessings for me.
I let go to receive your blessings.
Letting go in this moment, I receive your loving presence around me and within me.
Help me to let go when I am feeling overwhelmed, so that I may receive your peace.
Help me to let go when I feel fear so that in fear’s place I may receive love and courage.
I let go of problems and challenges in order to receive your guidance and clarity.
I let go and trust you.
I will not fall.
You will catch me.
I let go and trust in the still, small voice inside of me.
Help me not to struggle but to surrender my struggle to you.
I gladly receive this gift of letting go and letting you lead me and guide me.