What makes the approach of a New Year so challenging for many of us is not the newness or unfamiliarity that awaits us in the coming year, it is the goodbyes we had to say in the previous year that became painful weights to our soul. These goodbyes are like emotional hitchhikers climbing upon our backs wanting to ride forward with us into the future unresolved.
As December winds down and some of these goodbyes begin to speak with increased intensity, find something good in the goodbye. It is there. Find it. Declare it. Write it down. Don’t allow a painful goodbye to continue with you on your journey as an unresolved weight of silent assumption. Address these goodbyes and tell them to how to find a healthy place in your life.
If you can do this, each of your goodbyes will be transformed. In their transformation, they will begin to whisper in your ear an introduction to something new and not imagined when the weight of loss was so heavy. Your resolved goodbyes have been destined to become the weightless freight of God's goodness upon your life. He gives you permission to carry the memory of these goodbyes as a reminder that all things can and do work together for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.