For Every Thing There Is A Season…

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. Jan Glidewell

Meditation: As I am sorting in my basement through eleven years of stored items of the past, I am being challenged to let go of many of my daughters’ childhood toys and games. As I am hoarding these items, it feels as if I do not want my children to grow up. It is as if I want to freeze those “happy and easy” years with them. Am I trying to avoid the current more challenging teen years of change, conflict and individuation? As I am sorting through these mementos, I realize that I am probably just idealizing those younger years, and that I have forgotten that back then I faced just as many challenges as I do today. They were just different challenges. And so I let go of my idealization of the past by allowing the toys and games to become second hand items. I feel comforted when I picture these childhood things of my girls ending up in another child’s bed- or playroom. And then I also feel comfort when I imagine myself eleven years from now looking back at today. I am sure that in retrospect I will also idealize these current teen years. And so I am letting go of the past – game by game and toy by toy. I open my arms wide and embrace the present joy and present challenge by creating a teenage “hangout space”…

Prayer: God of the past and God of the present, thank You for this season in my life. Thank You that I am giving our basement a new purpose. I am allowing for change, as I am converting a storage room into a living space. Help all of us again and again to open our arms and embrace each new season we are in. Help us to let go of idealizing the past, so we can fully experience the joys and challenges of the present. Amen

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven… A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to get, and a time to lose, a time to keep, and a time to cast away…Ecclesiastes 3