Raised Up

There’s no half-singing in the shower, you’re either a rock star or an opera diva. 
       ~Josh Groban
Overlook an offense and bond a friendship;
    fasten on to a slight and—good-bye, friend!
     ~ Proverbs 17:9
“She came in with a black book, clutching it like a lifeline.  She told me “Pastor, I need help.”
“How can I help you?” came the reply.
“I am so burdened. This book is a record of everything that everybody that every hurt me did.  It starts in 19__ and I add to it every time someone does me wrong.”
“I can help, but you will have to do something.”
“Anything, Pastor, anything.”
“You have to leave the book here, or we can tear it up together, but you have to let go of it.”
     The woman paused, thought, tears welling up in her eyes. She did not say a word, she merely reached for the book, and put it back in her purse.”
     That book was a weight, a death sentence for joy, a reason for sadness even now.  I can remember the Pastor who knew this woman, and how pained he was that she couldn’t let it go. 
     There are people in our lives that seem to have a knack for triggering hurt in us, old hurt.  And there are people in our lives who, when asked, can name every hurt that “so and so” ever visited upon them, up to and including today. I have done it.  It is so easy!
     But how can a balloon, a dandelion seed, a spider tendril, a rocket ship ever rise if it remains anchored?  How can we rise, anchored by a life time of hurt? As my friend Claudia used to say, “Give it to God! He’s the only one who knows what to do with it!”
Give it to Him, let it go and let Him raise you up.
Because of Him,

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