"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit"
~ Luke 23:46
For most of us, the idea of "moving on" from something means that we must leave something behind. Often what we fail to realize is that the act of moving on means that we are in motion.
This afternoon I spent time with a man who talked at great length about having "unfinished business." As he shared, I realized that much of what he focused upon was letting go of hurts, and to allow grace to enter in. "I just can't seem to let go," was shared more than once.
I understand. Even Jesus on the cross related to God that those who had caused him so much pain, even nailing him to a cross, needed to be forgiven so that Jesus might find a way to be able to give himself, his spirit, over to God.
It is something that we all know a little bit about. Asking for forgiveness and being forgiven are acts of daily living, but also, are the very things that help to build our relationship with God.
As the man continued, he finally admitted, "I simply must let this go."
I described God's forgiveness as a "man with amnesia." When we are able to ask for forgiveness, or to allow forgiveness to enter, we are to forget it, just as God forgives us. It is not to be available for future use, or to hold us back. When we are finally able to let go, then we are able to move forward.
For him, it meant that he was able to find some peace, and concentrate on the conversations he wants to have with family and friends in his final days.
Hoping we find the freedom to move forward in our lives while we remain in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.