In order to grow, we must be willing to let go and be changed.
Keep me safe, O God; in you I take refuge.
We all want security – to be “safe.”
But there really is no certain physical security.
This need for security is based on fear.
Probably at its very core, the fear is of dying.
Our culture refuses to acknowledge death.
It’s the elephant in the room.
No one talks about it.
The bottom line is: none of us gets out of here alive!
Not a one.
You’d think that Christian leaders would have done a better job teaching what Jesus was demonstrating: the kenotic path.
St. Paul said that Jesus emptied himself (Philippians 2:7).
Jesus said, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39).
What he meant was that you must let go of your ego-generated self so that your life in Christ, your true self, your real life, can emerge.
You have to die before you die!
This is the whole point of the Christian journey.
If we practiced this, we would be quite adept at dying by the time physical death comes.
(One good practice is some form of meditation which for me is Centering Prayer.)
These “little deaths” throughout life are all transitions, times when we must allow the old to go so the new can start.
They are new births, times of transformation.
When we let go and settle into the now, the liminal space between the end and the beginning, we find that we are quite safe in the total acceptance and unconditional love of the One who is, who was, and who will be.
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