Attribution: © Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar / CC-BY-SA-3.0
Fall is a beautiful time of year.
The oak retains its leaves until spring.
To me it represents two favorable qualities,
(1) tenacity, and (2) the ability to let go.
Tenacity is that quality where we decide to hold on
despite terrible, harsh circumstances all around us.
The ability to let go or yield to God
is not easy for most of us.
Sometimes we find it very difficult to ‘let go.’
It is difficult to release our loved ones to death.
It is difficult to relinquish control
of our own lives to our Creator.
We know that we should let go,
but we can’t bring ourselves to do it.
Sometimes letting go involves telling
a dying spouse, family member or friend,
“It’s OK to die.”
If we can learn to trust God in all things,
we will not find it so difficult to let go.
–David Yohe Bevington in
Hospice Stories and Poems to Assist You in the Grieving Process
PRAYER FOR TRUST
O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things.
(By St. Ignatius of Loyola, 1491-1556)