Before I Let Go

Letting go is often viewed as the loss of something. Usually letting go represents subtraction, removing, taking away, walking away from a situation.

I’m coming into this new realization that letting go is a positive transaction. Letting go is the acknowledgment of the past but the celebration of the transition into the new. When we value our experiences, we realize that all that we lived is preparing us for our future. We can take solace in the joy of letting go.

I love Beyoncé’s recent rendition of Before I let Go a remix of the classic hit by Frankie Beverly and Maze. I’ve found myself dancing to it and then it hit me why it felt good to my spirit.

Beyoncé took a classic piece that stands on its own and reintroduced it to a new generation that was able to find their own appreciation for it in their own unique way.

Wow. What a powerful way to bridge the legendary with the future. What this means for me is that the past is our guide to navigate the future. The things of old are being shaped into that which brings new life.

I think of the scripture Jeremiah 18:4-6a

4But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

5Then the word of the Lord came to me. 6He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord.

Pain and hurt are temporary. Feelings of disappointment and pain are real. Grief and loss can be crippling, and it can be hard to trust again. What a person grieves can change depending on seasons of our lives. Letting go for me is simply acknowledging the loss, celebrating the memories, and finding a way to move into the newness of what now remains. The beauty and joy in the present moment is the fuel I need to keep moving, to keep walking, and to find my release in times of great pressure.

I know it’s hard at times, but I will keep moving forward. I will keep loving even in the midst of pain.

I’m taking the time to breathe in the air while I walk off the stress. In my mind I tell myself “I am Enough”. I am full of love and beauty. I am thankful for the power of God and his ability to bring newness of life. The Holy Spirit is my comforter in time of uncertainty. His strength is made perfect in my weakness, for this I am thankful.

Today I speak to the grief of letting go and I say:

thank you for the memories, thank you for the good times, thank you for the late night talks, thank you for the advice, thank you for preparing me for what was to come, thank you for loving me unconditionally, thank you for caring for me and the children, thank you for giving me life, thank you for helping me understand death, thank you for committing to love me, and I understand why you had to leave me. I’m no longer in denial, and I will no longer allow your absence to be the excuse for me not living my best life. I let it go and I receive all that God promised me.

Prayer: Lord give me the peace to know that all things are working for my good. Help me to adjust when I get off track. Help me to use my light to be a blessing to others. Help me to see the light in others so that we all may shine in the light of your glory. In Jesus’ Name