In Jesus Christ, God brings life from death, light from darkness. The awakening of the earth in Springtime, the lengthening of the daytime hours are images that promise resurrected life. Under the dark cover of snow, there was life ready to become vibrant again. Jesus refers to his own act of self-giving in the image of the grain of wheat that dies in order to allow new life to be set free. In the same passage he invites his followers to imitate him in that selfless act of love. There are also dormant possibilities in each of us that need to come to life, to be set free by a fearless death to what prevents their growth. We examine our lives in order to reflect on our relationship with God.
Renew in me a steadfast spirit.
I will look at my life and find areas where I need to follow Jesus’ example of self-giving love.
It is I; don’t be afraid.
Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. God will honor whoever serves me.
John 12:25 -27
The key to change is to let go of fear.
Nobody can go back a start a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.
Letting go doesn’t mean we don’t care. Letting go doesn’t mean we shut down. Letting go means we stop trying to force outcomes and make people behave. It means we give up resistance to the way things are, for the moment. It means we stop trying to do the impossible–controlling that which we cannot–and instead, focus on what is possible–which usually means taking care of ourselves. And we do this in gentleness, kindness, and love, as much as possible.
The Tao Te Ching says, When I let go of what I am, I become what
I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.
This is the paradox of letting go. Let go, in order to achieve. Letting go
is God’s law.
Mary Manin Morrissey
A man who does not leave his hut will bring nothing in.
West African Proverb