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Let go and let God this season of Lent

March 09, 2011 - Last weekend my son was in a regional robotics competition with his high school robotics club.

This is his second year and knowing how much fun the competitions are, I bravely offered myself as a volunteer at the event.

All that incredible teenage energy helped carry me through two very long days.

The high level of cooperation between schools and the absence of the malice shown at so many sporting events is very inspirational.

Although they may not have taken home a trophy, every student in the competition was truly a winner.

Just by participating they garner valuable skills in team work, planning, preparation and implementation of their designs, public speaking and so much more.

Having played sports in high school and college, my standing joke for the weekend was that these kids were having way much more fun and without the concussion or broken bones.

Ash Wednesday, March 9, begins the 40 days and 6 Sundays of the Lenten Season, a Season of preparation for the Resurrection Experience on Easter Sunday.

Our theme for Lent this year is Let Go & Let God. God will do for you what you cannot do for yourself.

Conversely, God will not do for you what you can do for yourself. As the saying goes, "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition."

Praise God for perfect health and live a healthy lifestyle: eat right and get exercise.

Praise God for perfect relationships and be a good partner: get off the couch and relate.

Praise God for the perfect employment and be the perfect employee: love the job you have and you will have the job you love.

Praise God for abundant finances and do what work is yours to do.

Praise God for peace of mind and meditate on the Divine Presence.

Praise God for Divine Guidance and take the next right step, and the next and the next.

We know that God will take care of us. And we have our part to play on God's team. Just as my son has his role to play on his robotics team. Just as the athlete has their role to play in their sports team.

Each is dependent upon the other team members playing their parts. We let go of the outcome and let God do its mighty work in and through us. We have our part to play.

Our Master Teacher told us to ask, seek and knock.

"For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks the door will be opened." (Matthew 7:8)

We must do our part. It does no good to simply have faith, to wish and hope and wonder. We must do what is ours to do.

"Faith without works is barren." (James 2:20)

When we let go and let God, we release our need to control the outcome knowing that the Divine Will for us is greater that our own selfish wills.

We release our need to know and trust that at the right time we will be shown. We live in an attitude of gratitude for all the great gifts that are now present in our lives.

The gifts of life, of love, peace and harmony, health and wholeness, prosperity and abundance are ours by divine inheritance.

We let this Divine Energy carry us through each day one day at a time.

Have an awesome Lent. I'm pullin' for ya.

The Rev. Matthew E. Long is pastor of Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center.

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