Life seems to consist of an endless cycle of gains and losses. Like many Baby Boomers, my husband and I are in downsizing mode. Accepting our need to let go of many things does not make this less challenging. This process of letting go made me think about the wisdom of Scripture. I don’t want my possessions to possess me, so I’ve had to lose some things I still cherish. Letting go became a spiritual practice as I shifted my focus from what I was giving up to how it might bless someone else.
I don’t know exactly why I get so attached to things, but I do. I guess my things remind me of the important people in my life and the milestones on my journey from childhood to senior citizen status. It does get easier with time. I’ve learned to find joy in letting go, bit by bit. I enjoy the connections made as I hand over my beloved treasures to the next person who will cherish them.
Every loss is ultimately a gain. Every gain requires some loss.
This message is an excerpt from “Letting go” by Kathryn Haueisen in the July/August 2020 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Simon and Jude, Apostles.