Rev. Carolyn Stephens
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Philippians 4:8
To go on any journey, it is always best to travel light. Too much baggage or any unnecessary weight will become a burden and wear down the traveler. The same is for the spiritual journey.
As we embark on this journey together, we encourage you to leave behind any habit that will easily hinder or weigh you down. Admittedly, it is hard to give up practices that have become habits in our lives. It is difficult to adjust to new ways of being when we are already comfortable in the old familiar ways. However, for us to grow strong in the process of suffering, we have to let go of any habit that is not a necessity, or an advantage for the journey.
So what may you need to let go, or leave behind?
Here are some unnecessary weights that should be let go, and some life-giving practices that can replace them:
Let go of bitterness; take on acceptance.
Travel light. Stay alert. And journey with us.
Prayer: God who is the Way, you know the path before us. Lead us now on this journey. And help us to trust you every step of the way.
We walk now in your light. Amen!