Here is something I copied on Easter Monday, April 24, 2000. It was written in the Toronto Star by Rev. Deborah Vaughan.
Every time we let something go something new and wonderful can fill our empty, waiting hands. Life is full of little deaths, denials, griefs. Every beginning marks the end of what has gone before. This is the cycle of life…no beginnings without ends, no ends without new beginnings following after. “Rejoice, all is not lost. Something better, something you cannot imagine is coming to you.” (Angels at the Tomb).
For what it’s worth, looking back on my life, this makes complete sense to me because in hindsight it has been my many experiences. I am in the process of awaiting another new beginning.
Yesterday I wrote of something from the past, “A Rainbow Apology”. It was cathartic to do so whether or not the person ever sees the post. And now that episode has passed never again to be relived.
The trouble with living in the past is that it can affect our present by draining some of its happiness.
There are some who dwell on negative past history to the point where it robs their life of the fullness of joy that can be experienced by living in the present and doing what can be done to make it better.
In Canada, we are about to haul down the statue of Sir John A. MacDonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada who was hailed as the “father of confederation”. He had a political career which spanned almost half a century.
Yes, along with his many achievements, Sir John made mistakes but the monument was erected to honor the man of accomplishment not the man of error.
When the past has passed would it not be better to learn from it and move on without making present life a victim to it? Once again ancient scripture speaks to today’s issues.
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, Philippians 3:13 NIV
There are many people walking around with hurting hearts. Life lessons come at us from many directions and at one time I read these two online from a Life Lessons site and made note of them:
“One of the happiest moments in life is when you let go of what you cannot change.”
“One of the most courageous decisions you will ever make is to finally let go of whatever is hurting your heart and soul.”
I know, I know…it’s sometimes difficult to let go but it does make sense, don’t you think? There’s help in a little prayer.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Someone once wrote, “Imagine feeling like God is calling you to change direction. How easy would it be to let go of everything you have built in order to follow that call?” It happened for me in 1984. Are you ready? Happy Sunday.
You will find it is necessary to let things go, simply for the reason that they are too heavy.
Don’t bother to give God instructions, just report for duty.
The measure of a life after all, is not its duration but its donation.
Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.
Just a few quotes from Corrie Ten Boom,
Here’s a quote that came my way yesterday. It may have made it to this blog before but, no matter, it is worth repeating:
“There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go.” The author is unknown.
This makes me think of a young couple who are living this quote right now, right here in Ontario, Canada. Their three precious children, ages nine, five and two years old…two sons and a daughter…and their maternal grandfather were killed when a car driven by a drunk driver crashed into this family’s minivan last September.
This young couple has to accept that their children will never return to them. They have to learn how to live the rest of their lives with this knowledge. They also have to let go of the people they can’t live without. Heartbreaking.
The quote may also apply to many of us in our day-to-day lives if we stop to think about it…really think about it. Things that we don’t want to happen to us do happen and we have to accept them; there are things we don’t want to know but have to learn; and people we can’t live without but have to let go. It’s all part of life and all life is a learning experience.
We can only hope to get it right.