Saturday, December 27, 2008
Time to Leave
Time to Leave. Three words that can strike fear in many hearts for many different reasons. Time to leave -- it's bed time (kids hate that one). Time to leave -- must get up in the morning (adults have a hard time with that one). Time to leave. Leave.
If we think about it, we leave things, places, people all the time. This time of year, though, we begin to think about leaving behind the old year, the old troubles, the old sadnesses, the old finances (maybe?). What about leaving behind the old way of living.
This time of year is also about looking forward. Looking forward to a whole new year of people, places, and things (maybe fewer things this year due to last year's finances!). What about a whole new year of looking forward to Christ? Looking forward to being compassionately present with those other people in the world. Looking forward to being responsible stewards of our environment, our time, our gifts, our money.
I have a very full year ahead of me already. I have school for myself. Obligations to finish my term of office with my kids' school PTA Board. Responsibilities within my faith community. The desire to keep in touch with friends and family, to support them when needed. What will I need to leave during the coming year? Where might I be expected to leave? What of all of this, though, am I looking forward to? I am looking forward to growing spiritually. I am looking forward to developing a richer, more full life because of that spiritual growth. In that spiritual growth, it will be amazing what I will be able to keep, what I will be able to leave, and what I will continue to look toward.