Going Home

DadHe is there in times of trouble and times of turmoil. There is lots of scripture to reinforce the fact that this indeed is true. In Deuteronomy it tells us that God Himself goes before us and will fight for us. Psalms showers us with an abundance of the comfort that God offers us. He is our stronghold, our light, and our salvation. He is our confidence and our unfailing love.
Well, I think that I got special training in pursuing the truth of these statements. It is a special kind of agony to watch a loved one wither and leave this earth. To need them here but to want them to go is a pain I wish on no one.
When the hospice nurses tell you to tell them that it is ok to go rest now, that they have your permission to leave and find the light, if you were like me, your first thought was………..no.
Then on second thought I found that an answer of “no” was more for my benefit and not for my Dad. Telling him it was ok to go meant that I had to come to grips with the enormity of what I was losing. But wait a minute, wait just one dog gone minute. Isn’t that discounting totally the enormity of what Dad was gaining?
My Dad is being taken home very, very soon, much to quickly for me. It is easy to get stuck in the sorrow and pain of living without him. I can’t stay in the sorrowful place, I am concentrating on the wrong thing. I can rest assured and celebrate the fact that he is indeed being taken home. The legacy he leaves us is priceless but the prize he is about to gain is irreplaceable, incomparable and precious.
So yes, I whispered those words in my Dad’s ear…………….”it’s ok to go rest now Dad. God is here with us and always will be, He will take care of us. Now you go rest my dear Father, God is waiting for you.”

Let Go and Let God

Let Go and Let God
The research has been done, the decision has been made, now what?
I begin the process of letting go, or perhaps the correct term is, Let Go and Let God. It’s not like things are not going to go God’s way anyway, but to Let go and let God is to make things easier for me along the way. Maybe to” let go and let God” is God’s way of strengthening his bond with me?
To” let go and let God “requires participation from me despite what it sounds like. It requires surrender, total reliance on God, trusting God, being still while we let God fight our fights, and it requires obedience.
I rest in the fact that letting go and letting God is an act of humility and is actually the path to authentic freedom.
Letting go is to admit to my Father that I am not in control, He is.
Letting God is choosing to trust God to do what He says He will.
Romans 8:31 seems to fit this situation quite nicely. “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Meditating on the phrase “Let Go and Let God” it seems that this should be more than a one-time quest, it should be a way of life.