My Sister has been fighting cancer throughout most of my time in community. She has been a great mentor to me and many others. She’s continuing to teach us even now, as she sleeps in the peace offered by hospice care.
Perhaps the most important thing she is teaching us is how to let go. She was always good at that, at letting go of jobs she no longer held, of material goods she no longer needed, of hurts.
How many of us can claim to be good at that? As I sat with her, reflecting on my own life, I thought one of the hardest things for me is to let go when someone has hurt me deeply with harmful words or actions.
Letting go of that hurt and not holding onto it is terrifically difficult for most people. Yet Jesus commands forgiveness; commands letting go of anger and resentment and yes, hurt.
Now my Sister is letting go of her very life, and teaching us how to not only help her, but to prepare for our own eventual ultimate letting go.
These are things we need to put into God’s hands. To, as the saying goes, “Let go and let God.” To open our hearts and spirits to God’s gentle guidance, love and care as God welcomes us home.
To let go of all the petty and not-so-petty things that hold us down.