A New Series.. Let It Go!!!
On August 26, 2018, I had the privilege of delivering a sermon at my church titled “Let it Go!”. Now, before some wise guy makes a comment, no, I am NOT a pastor, reverend, preacher or any other member of the clergy. I am a Lay Leader at my United Methodist Church. It is common for lay members of the UMC to speak on occasion. This was one such occasion.
Anyway, I spoke about letting go of things, looking at Paul from speaking in Philippians 3:13 -14. Paul says “forgetting what is behind me and looking forward to what is ahead, I press toward to prize of the high calling of Christ Jesus”. You can’t move forward until you let go or forget what is behind you. And there are consequences of leaving things behind. You hinder your focus, growth and faith, among other things. I didn’t realize when I write that sermon just how impactful it was going to be on my own life. I was probably preaching more to myself than to anyone else. I was thinking more of letting go of physical things but it’s not just that. I have to let go of other things, too. Mental, emotional, etc. Thus, the idea for this series for September, Let it Go! I’m inviting you to join me in my journey of letting go of things. Feel free to share with me and others what you are letting go and why? My hope is that we will all learn and grow from sharing. And I hope that we will enjoy the feeling of being light and free once we do let go of whatever we need to omit.
With that, let’s begin!
On September 1, 2018, I went to a Labor Day party with a dear sister friend and my Sands. I had just been telling one of them how I enjoyed jazz but didn’t listen to the blues often. I don’t dislike the blues but, given the choice of options while sitting in a concert, that would not be my first, or even second or third choice. So, we arrive to the party and, what do they have? A band playing the blues. Now, most of them were older guys probably from Chicago or Gary so I just shrugged it off when I saw them. I figured that they would be entertaining but nothing over the top.
As time went went on during the party, though, the selections became more diverse. They had an amazing singer join them and she sang everything, including Chaka Khan (Ain’t Nobody). We were getting ready to leave when the band played the song in the video. I was blown away! Prince? Purple Rain? That guitar, though! Play on, Playa, play on!!!
i thoroughly enjoyed the part and, especially, that band. What did I let go? Preconceived notions. I assumed that they would only play the blues because that’s all we heard when we came in. But they could play so much more. Don’t judge a book by its cover. There’s probably more much more to meet the eye!