It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.

Alan Cohen

"Release" - what do you think of when you hear the word?  For me, I immediately think of "letting go."

Alan Cohen's quote above is very relevant to me right now as I'm in the process of having to release myself from a few major things as I transition from one congregation to another and one region of the country to another.

I must release myself from a great community of people.  I must release myself from my known routine, my circle of family and friends, the familiarity of my home and my area, and most difficult of all I must release myself from my wife and children for a time.

The release of the Familiar is often stress-inducing, frightening, and perhaps even risky.  It is just this reality that often keeps people put; even if it meant that releasing the Known would or could lead to an even more amazing Unknown.  "The devil you know is better than the devil you don't" as the phrase goes.

This fear of Release is what keeps people in bad relationships, bad jobs, and bad habits.  Release almost always means Change, and Change is and can be unsettling.

There is also Sadness when we experience Release:  releasing our children when they grow into young adulthood and leave home.  Releasing a loved one when they have struggled with illness and die.  Releasing ourselves from any comfortable "Known" and taking the risk to move forward into the Unknown; even if it means life will be better for ourselves and/or our families.  There is often profound sadness in Release.

There is also what we benefit when we release ourselves from guilt, from fear, from insecurity.  When we forgive, when we let go of that which burdens us and poisons our spirits, we are restored and renewed with Release.

If we have the courage to Release - to let go - there is infinite Possibility and Hope that our lives can change into something wonderful we'd have never imagined otherwise.  Release is always filled with Hope, and always requires Courage.

And for those of us that look at the world through a particular kind of lens, Release also requires Faith.  I have tremendous Faith that in my current Journey through Release, I will also find abundant Welcome and Newness.  That Faith is what allows me to trust in Release a little bit more; especially when Release is really tough to do.

What are your thoughts on "Release"?  Please feel free to comment!

May we each find the Courage to Release ourselves into an Unknown of Infinite Possibility.  In doing so, may we also find Peace and Blessing.

Peace,  Shawn





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