Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. John F. Kennedy
True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. William Penn
My world lately has been focused on de-cluttering 52 yeas of memories, work, accomplishments, accumulations and unnecessary stuff. We often hold on to things in hopes of creating future memories, because we take pride in some of those things and we think maybe someday our children will like to have them.
It’s kind of a cleansing process, but still it can be very difficult. The process of shredding or burning old records can be daunting – especially with all the identity theft out there. We also hang on to memories through photographs, letters and cards, as simple reminders of family and friends. We hoard things instead of realizing they’re just things and have little value to anyone except us. Our children don’t place the same worth on it – which is good, because they won’t have to face this same thing when they grow old – but how much of ourselves eventually wind up in a trash bag?
God tells us not to worry about tomorrow – that He has things under control – that He has arranged for our futures. Still we try to manage our lives according to our own desires and dreams. Letting go isn’t easy, but with God, we can be confident that we have a future. Our past (good or bad) doesn’t really matter anymore.
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Dear Heavenly Father, you have provided a whole new life for us. I’m confident that whatever you have planned is going to be for our good. Take our hands and lead us there. Give us peace and contentment and help us to fill the rest of our days with new memories and a future together with you in eternity. Amen!