Leaving. Just today my sister left. I hate it. All these leavings. All the not staying in one place emotionally long enough to feel settled. All this being left.
I hate it.
Part of what I hate is the guilt and shame that get birthed into leaving for the field or from the field or on the field. The preposition doesn’t seem to matter.
As we enter a week where we are going to talk about leaving, you might have leaving fatigue and think this is a week to bow out for a while. I’d invite you to stay engaged (yes, I hear the irony. I didn’t intend it, but these are the tensions we live with aren’t they?!).
Just this morning I read in Proverbs 3:
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
Then you will find favor with both God and people,
and you will earn a good reputation.
Loyalty and kindness. Yes. That. Thank you God that as we talk about a subject that can get to the very deepest parts of our being — leaving and being left — you anchor us to you. God may we be a community of loyal and kind people. May this week and our discussions be a public act of tying them around our necks and remembering loyalty and kindness.
But leavings not all hard, is it? Some people and situations we are, truth be told, glad to have in the rear view mirror. We want to hear your story. Bring your link ups and your comments to The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST.