Loving and/or letting go …

“The man said, ‘Let me go; it’s daybreak.’ Jacob said, ‘I’m not letting you go ’til you bless me’” Genesis 32:26

I’m writing a book about my journey of moving on after losing a spouse. I ran across an article that said after losing a loved one, especially a spouse, you never move on, you move forward. Moving on sounds as if you left something behind. You’ll carry a part of your loved one in your heart forever, allowing you to move forward to start over with a new relationship or to begin your life content to be single.

I follow a blog, “Southern Stories of Grit and Grace,” written by Julie Garmon, an acquaintance through the Guidepost Workshop family. In today’s blog, Julie’s youngest son is getting married and her heart is “bumping around” with emotions of love and letting go. She came to the conclusion she didn’t have to pick one emotion over the other, as love and letting is a team effort. I’m guessing she will be blessing the couple as they say their vows. In Julie’s situation, an adult child is moving forward. For me, it was my husband dying and trying to figure out how to move forward alone.

One doesn’t quit loving someone when they are gone, but must let go of the dreams and plans for the future. God blessed me with a loving family, many friends, and a Christian man to enjoy time with.

Lord, help us when it’s time to love and let go so we can move forward in life. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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