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There’s some saying about what the trees are doing now. They are gold and orange, red and brown, caught by the wind, twirl through the air to rest on the ground. The trees are showing us how beautiful it is to let go.

But God, though it may be beautiful, it is not always easy.

It is hard to let go of old wounds, hard to let go of relationships that aren’t healthy, where boundaries are crossed again and again.

It is hard to let go of our expectations of others, to stop counting all the ways we have been failed by the people who should love us the most. It is hard for us to be enough, just for ourselves.

It is hard for us to stop doing the things we know we ought not to do, hard to let go of old habits and to establish new ones.

Strengthen us then. Show us, through the wonder of your creation, that the trees stripped bare are beautiful in an expectant way.

Help us to open our hands, to unlock the secret doors in our hearts, to empty our pockets and spill out all that is old and painful, all that is not of you. Help us to be empty for a season, as we wait to be filled again with the kind of beauty only you can create. Help us to let go.


Alicia Hager resides in West Michigan and is a Postulant to the Sacred Order of Priests in the Episcopal Church. Alicia enjoys spending time with her daughters and her husband, is bonkers about her cats, and blogs at

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2 thoughts on “Monday Prayer – Letting Go

  1. Thank you for this. and strange coincidence … this week a new rescue puppy (16 weeks) has come into our household. the only command he knows is “Leave it.” And then your prayer!


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