Letting Go

The Scenic Railway at Luna Park, Melbourne, is...
The Scenic Railway at Luna Park, Melbourne, is the world’s oldest continually-operating rollercoaster, built in 1912. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The next few years will be roller-coaster-ish; boring and exciting, scary and fun, dangerous and safe.

I had written that sentence thinking about half a dozen boys and girls who were finishing a confirmation class. High school lay in their immediate future; a time that would at times be boring and exciting, scary and fun, dangerous and safe. In short roller-coaster-ish.

I suppose I could have used these same words a few years ago at the start of the great recession. The next few years will be roller-coaster-ish.

This year these words I will delivered to high school graduates and to their parents. The next few years will be roller-coaster-ish.

I wonder if Jesus might have had similar thoughts for his disciples as he prayed in the garden at Gethsemane. Had he been thinking of the trials and excitement, boredom and rewards they would face in the next few years.

And now I am no longer in the world,
and they are in the world, and I myself, come to you,
Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me,
in order that they may be one, as we are one.

— John 17:11

As much as we might like to protect these graduates, and their parents, from at least the most precipitous dips and sharpest turns, they need to experience them for themselves so that they may mature and develop into full adulthood. For life is indeed like a roller coaster.

Eat a light lunch.

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