Saturday, January 3, 2015
A word, please?
Wow. I'm UNfashionably late for the party, but hope you're not too weary of hearing one more, "Happy New Year!" From our lips to God's ears, right?
Aside from a somewhat tumultuous holiday week (no, I won't bore you with details) Tom and I arrived on this side of the calendar relatively unscathed ... curious to see what lies ahead.
So, my 'word' for 2015 occurred to me - almost out of nowhere - more than a couple of months ago.
Still, recalling 2013's "Gratitude" and how well THAT turned out (not) ... I was reluctant to make a public acknowledgement.
But it wouldn't go away.
Totally out of character ... but I hope to embrace, "RELEASE."
(No, this has nothing to do with the movie, Frozen. I'm probably the only person on the planet who's not especially fond of "Let It Go.")
... which began New Years Eve:
I'd forgotten to purchase black-eyed peas for the next day and grew increasingly dismayed when I discovered the 3rd supermarket in a row was sold out. Faced with driving a goodly distance to a fourth market didn't sound particularly inviting, so I decided then and there to RELEASE that silly superstition.
(But I can't pretend that the next day's SEC teams' losses didn't give me a twinge of guilt!)
I need to RELEASE more than a few of my (mostly unfounded) fears.
I love my sleep and want to sleep through the night without waking at 2AM... trying to solve all the problems of the world. Seriously, how can I profess to have faith, but not release my fears and my doubts to His keeping?
Expectations. Family, friends and co-workers have all failed to live up to my expectations at one time or another ..... and I'm left hurt or unreasonably annoyed. Whose fault is that? Tall order ... but it needs RELEASED.
Of course, I'd like to RELEASE some unnecessary weight .... vs. losing it. Wouldn't you agree, what's lost usually gets found again. (smile)
Oh, there's plenty of other candidates ...
I'm guilty of making hasty judgments, failing to forgive -- and stuff. Another time.
A few years ago, I posted a New Years message devoted to saying, 'goodbye.'
Now, at a loss how to close this(!), I'm led to copy a portion of that post ... mentally substituting RELEASE for the word, "Goodbye."
In that wonderful book 'Illusions' there's a beautiful statement that goes something like, "Don't fear goodbyes, for they are necessary in order for you to have all the beautiful hellos that life has waiting for you."
Hugs from (chilly!) Phoenix,