Dead Letter Doldrums

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I read a dead letter the other day,
From forty years past and a world away.

Was written by someone that used to be,
To another old someone that used to be me.
They spoke about things which were foolish and vain,
And stirred up old angst, confusion, and pain.

Sometimes a memory is meant to last,
Giving life to the present and warming the soul.
Sometimes a memory belongs in the past,
And is better forgotten, abandoned, let go.

I read a dead letter the other day,
And after I read it I threw it away.

Looking back over a life there are many times where the Lord’s hand of providence, deliverance, or blessing is evident, and these are precious gems that can yet adorn our memories to His glory and our gratitude.

Naturally, life being what it is, and we being fallen humans living in a fallen world, there are also things in our past, such as injuries, trauma, regrets, or sins of which we are ashamed, that are best left at the foot of the cross and allowed to fade into forgetfulness or be deliberately discarded, letting them go so that we can move on.

Peace, promise, hope, and healing are all forward looking and found in the face of Christ. Are you holding on to anything that you need to let go of in order to have peace? Put it behind you and focus on Jesus. Jesus is life.

“But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, Chapter 3, verses 13-14

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

The Gospel of John, Chapter 14, verse 6

© Craig Sabin 2020 All rights reserved

7 thoughts on “Dead Letter Doldrums

  1. Wow, Craig, this powerful post zapped me today. There are so many things we hold on to, even when sometimes we think we’ve let go. Striving to thrive (with God’s mercy and grace) means letting God’s love wash the bad bits of our past away (and the stupid bits, too!) Blessings! Virginia

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    1. Amen, I’m glad it spoke to you like it spoke to me. May the Lord’s blessing rest upon you as well!


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