Letting go

Dad and Robin 1

As parents, we have to stand watchfully aside
Whilst toddlers take their first faltering steps unaided.
Metaphorically we repeat this with each step towards mature adulthood.
At work, young employees we helped train get promoted above us.
In life we are given people to hold in our heart
For a while.
Lord, grant us grace to let go
When it is time for them to step out
Where we cannot accompany.

Beginnings and Endings

Abba, God, my Father, I gaze around as I walk and see the trees you made are wearing their late Summer green. A different green from Spring. You made so many greens.

This green reminds me that times are changing. Fruit is ripening. Nature preparing for the long night as Summer draws to a close.

Yet all around me people are preparing for a new start. A new term, a new class, school or college.

Beginnings and endings intrinsically interwoven; the very fabric of life.

Lord, the Beginning of all beginnings and End of all ends. You encompass all of life. Grant us now that awareness of your presence that inspires confidence to meet whatever the changing season brings our way.