Letting go of all that weighs you down also is essential. Most of the time we carry around more baggage than a fully loaded 767 airliner. Old resentments. Pain and disappointments. Grudges. Old beliefs that no longer serve a healthy, gratitude-filled lifestyle. Limiting views of ourselves. Hateful self-talk. What a heavy load. Let it all go. Let go again. It’s an ongoing process, not a once-and-done thing. So whether it’s holding life’s burdens and blessings at the same time—or a disagreement with another person, reconciliation provides the path forward. And we’re back to living in gratitude—and seeing the blessings that always are there in our lives.
This message was adapted from “Gratitude and Conflict” by Sonia C. Solomonson in the June 2016 Gather magazine. Today is the 33rd Sunday after Pentecost. The readings are Malachi 4:1-2a; Isaiah 65:17-25 (semicontinuous); Psalm 98; Isaiah 12:2-6 (semicontinuous); 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19.