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Teach me a thing or two about letting go.

People throw around the phrase, “Let it go” like a
child throws out laughter—
Easy and light.
I wish that’s how I knew it.
I wish it felt that simple.
Instead I have to talk myself into a better frame of mind.
I have to drag one foot in front of the other until
I’m closer to love.
I have to sing my mother’s words in my head until I
can’t hear anything else.
And I pray for letting go that feels like taking off
shoes—a sort of coming home.
I pray for letting go that won’t always involve a
battle between heart and mind.
I pray for letting go that moves like muscle
memory, but it never does.
Letting go has never been as easy as holding tight.
Why is that?
So now and again I stand in the rain and let the
clouds teach me a thing or two about release.
And when that doesn’t work,
I think about the way my mother’s body broke so
that she could let me go—
Yet another body broken for me.
And when that doesn’t work,
I find myself on my knees—a sort of coming home,
And I pray,
Teach me a thing or two about grace.
Teach me a thing or two about letting go.
And I inhale.
And I exhale.
Air drawn in.
Air let go.
And I recognize God in my lungs, and I can’t help
but laugh,
Easy and light.

PRAYER BY SARAH ARE

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