Today, I release.
I release my worries. I release the anxiety that’s gnawed a tender spot in the bottom of my soul.
I release my fear that the future’s uncertain (because it is, and that’s okay. You’ll be with me in it).
I release my simmering bitterness that’s bubbled on the back burner for way…too…long.
I release my unfair expectations of others – and myself, too.
I release the frustrations and shameful secrets I’ve carried under my arm for years.
I release the story or stories I no longer want to live.
Jesus, I release.
And today, Jesus, I receive.
I receive your love that promises I am your child, that I am good.
I receive your peace that reminds me “all will be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”
I receive your voice as the wise whisper I follow.
I receive a new story.
Thank you, God, that you receive me – us – this whole world – in a giant embrace, and that you receive these prayers.
In the name of the One who releases us to freedom and receives us all to love, Amen.