Let Go

Dear Residents of 2018,

Happy New Year!

We each woke up on New Year’s Day (and I realize I am one of the few who has a newspaper tossed in their driveway anymore) to headlines that read “AMBUSHED”. A police officer had been gunned down in our neighborhood. The sacred area where we work, raise children, play, rest , and recreate, had been violated. Zackari Parrish leaves behind a wife and two young children.

Once again I hear the words that echo from the April 20,1999 Columbine massacre...

“…the wicked bend the bow, they have fitted the arrow to the string, to shoot at the upright in heart.” Psalm 11:2. 

In the mystery of violence, our God is aware of the realities we face.

When I look into a world where we are each susceptible to being shot at with the arrow of the “wicked,” my temptation is to do more. To do more to protect myself and practice caution. To urge my loved ones to stay out of harm’s way and to hide in the shadows. When perhaps what we need to do, is to “let go.”

Some thoughts from our old friend Terry Hershey:

    “What is it we are holding on to—so rigid , so firm , white knuckled in our determination?

                          At some point , we’ve got to breathe.

                                 Just breathe.

                        We need to let go.

                      Let go of the need to see life as a problem to be solved.

              Let go of the need to have the right answers.

                                       Let go of the need to see the spiritual life in terms of a formula.

                       Let go of the restraints that come from public opinion.” ~Terry Hershey

 “Abandon your masterpiece, sink into the real masterpiece.” Leonard Cohen

Read Psalm 11 for further reflection.

Prayers: For the wife and two children of Zackari Parrish and all others who mourn. For police officers, firefighters, the military and all who risk their lives to protect others. For Gloria Mitchell, her husband Ron and all who are in need of healing. For our capacity to ‘let go’ in 2018.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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