Love and Let Go

W. and his dad.
Once more, our W. has gone to visit family for the summer. I think one of the most painful things in ministry is to love and let go. It is our responsibility to love always remembering those whom the Lord places in our care for a season at some point will leave. Letting go sometimes does not seem fair, it does not seem just; what will they do without us? And therein lies the problem. 2 Corinthians 4:7, “ But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” It is never about us. Those we love are not ours as a possession. They are given to us as gifts for a season to love and guide with godly wisdom; and sometimes we have to let them go. Not all will go free. Not all will be saved. Not all will even return to what we think is the best situation. But as they go, they will have had the seeds of heaven sown in their hearts and minds.; and they go with our prayers. And the ever surpassing power, which belongs to God, will make seeds grow and place others in their path who may see the fruit. In Bible times, people kept valuable things hidden in jars of clay. So our treasure  stored in jars of clay, the one the Lord has given to us, is the treasure of the living Gospel. And the power of the Gospel is what helps us to love and let W. go.