“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night,‘
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you.“
Psalm 139:11 and 12
We’re sitting at a middle school soccer game and a parent off to the right, down along the playing field is yelling at the referee, at the coaches, and at the players. Especially, he is yelling at his own son on the field. Everyone around this loud parent is getting more and more uncomfortable.
And, of course, this father isn’t alone on the sidelines. I find that each year, as my children get older, I am asked in new ways to release them to create their own journeys. Seeing loved ones and those we care about struggle is painful for us too. But sometimes the gift to others is allowing them to make mistakes and learn in their own time.
Learning to see others as separate individuals is a gift of grace to ourselves and to them. By saying no that’s yours to do, we also are empowering the other person. It might be as small as tying their own shoes or as large as giving an aging adult the chance to live independently in a new way. We can show we believe that those in our care can successfully live their own journey, by allowing them to make mistakes and have successes.
God, bring us into the light. Thank you that you see each of us and have abounding grace for us as individuals, as families, and as members of your larger community. AMEN
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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.