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Let Go, Find Peace

 





By Deacon Tammy Devine

ELCA Wellness Manager
February 2018


But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. Jude 20-21

A fork in my road of life appeared. Continuing on the same path was not an option. How would I pick a new path, especially one I did not wish to take? With a deadline looming, I made my choice. But even after making a decision, I found it challenging to feel at peace.

Finally it dawned on me: Despite my effort to focus on living in the present — which was my 2017 wellness work — I had regressed. Wanting to hang on to the familiar left me knotted and tight. I was unable to open myself to new possibilities, unable to move forward into a new, unknown reality. I needed to let go of the fear and grief so I could become unstuck.

We all grow comfortable in our routines, work, and calls. We carefully set our paths, schedule our lives, and think we know how things will play out. But events such as illness, death, or the loss of a job remind us that we are not in control. Such transitions can throw us off balance. Regaining a sense of direction sometimes means identifying what in us needs to die so that new possibilities can be born.

In my time of transition, my spiritual director invited me into a prayer practice that helped me find peace and move forward: First, create a fist. Imagine those things that were keeping me clenched tight — things that were weighing me down or causing me stress. Then, turn my palms down and ask God to help me let go of those things. Finally, turn my palms over and pray for acceptance and forgiveness, allowing God to fill my hands and heart with love, grace, peace, and joy.

As we prepare for the reflective time of Lent, may this prayer practice help illumine those places where God is bringing forth new possibilities in you — not just for yourself, but so you can freely share the gifts you have been given for the sake of the world.



Tammy Devine's monthly reflection invites you to consider how your faith and health are intertwined. She shares her personal journey to help support you in new ways as you strive to live well in Christ — for the sake of ministry in God’s world. ELCA organizations, feel free to print or link to Tammy’s reflections in your publications.

Since joining Portico in 2004, Tammy has provided whole-person health promotion, education, and inspiration to ELCA rostered leaders and lay employees. Contact Tammy Devine at livewell@PorticoBenefits.org.

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