Thursday, March 5, 2015

Day 65

Letting Go

"All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children" Isaiah 54:13 (NKJV).

Mothers seem to have a hard time letting go of their children, expecially if that child is wounded, struggling with an emotional or physical issue, or when they seem headed in the wrong direction.  We long to rescue.

So many people advise you to let go, to let them find their way, to let them suffer the consequences of their actions.  But it is hard because from the time they were born we have protected them, loved them, picked them up when they fell down, bandaged their wounds, but now we have to come to face the fact that we need to let them go!  What does letting go look like?

Here is a poem by an unknown author that helps put it in perspective:

"To let go does not mean to stop caring; it means I can't do it for someone else.

To let go is not to be in the middle, arranging all the outcomes, but to allow other persons to affect their own destinies.

To let go is not to fix but to be supportive.

To let go is not to be protective; its to permit another to face reality.

To let go is to fear less and to love more.

When you love someone deeply, letting go is incredibily hard.

But I realized I must let go, for I do not own what I love".

Do you need to let go today?  Letting go doesn't mean you don't love; you don't pray; you don't encourage; it means you let go putting them in God's hands which allows Him to do the work needed.  We so often get in His way when we intervene and find ourselves going around and around in circles.

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