Can you reflect on how many times you thought something was totally gone and the goodness of life had vanished, only to find something new was being born? How amazing this is!
All losses are new beginnings. Just as we have so recently lost 2013, and then in the darkest of the night, 2014 silently flows in.
Everything that is born passes away. And something new keeps occurring, even when we at first don’t see it.
All the time the intellectual, reasoning mind is trying to hang onto the old, it’s being wrenched away — and the new is being born.
It’s such a loss because we knew how to live the old. It may have been uncomfortable but it wasn’t a stranger. There’s comfort in that.
The new and unknown may reveal our shortcomings, our flaws, says our fearful, intellectual mind. We’ll be vulnerable!
Yes, we will, and it is our vulnerability that holds our hope. For here is where we can learn and grow.
Having been gifted with a new laptop for Christmas, I quiver in fear with the idea of giving up my old secure computer of nine years. I know all the programs I need. Not much new is needed here.
So, what will I do? Can I bear the frustration that goes with the learning curve?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
Yet, if my present computer were to crash, what a mess that would be! All my stored information would be lost.
This takes courage.
It has been said that courage is the willingness to step into the new before we are forced to do it.
But in life, we don’t always have this choice. Or do we?
Maybe we haven’t been noticing when something new desires to be born in us. It may subtly be pushing out the old.
Just as the new teeth push out our baby teeth when we are five or six years old.
Maybe we haven’t been noticing the tension of spirit as it pushes, pulls and grows us.
Maybe we need to sit with the discomfort and ask what is happening, rather than trying to avoid it.
So, in this everchanging world, the best I can do is to honor my feelings that come with loss (fear in all it’s guises), while at the same time recognize the grace of God at work in my life.
Through grace I can bear the pain of uncertainty and change.
Loss in a universal sense is impossible because there is no place that isn’t filled with the perfection of divinity — the ideal what is each moment. It is always perfect.
So, I invite you to keep that knowing place in your heart that understands that winter brings forth the spring.
You can trust this process. It’s gone on for 14 billion years and shows no sign of stopping. This is evolution, and it’s trustable!
And I’m with you as we co-create what is to be.
I’m with you as we bear the loss of what never can be again.
I’m with you as we birth the new.
Let’s reach out, hold hands, and step into our new life!