In the simplest terms, surrender means to cease resistance. In other words, when we continue making the same decisions with the same results, while expecting different results, we often resist the consideration of another way. And when we resist other possibilities, we limit our choices.

For most of us, surrender is a process that often includes struggle and acceptance before we can let go. We struggle because we think we can solve or a fix a problem. But many times, the solutions to many problems are out of our control. Once we become aware that our power is limited, we can accept that there may be nothing we can do. And, once we accept, then letting go seems much easier. We finally open ourselves to receive solutions or answers from the God of our understanding.

 Prayer for the Week

 God of mercy and grace, I come to you with a prayerful heart, and lay before you my fears and concerns. My life is full of chaos and struggle because I try to control my life as well as the lives of those around me. Help me to let go. Show me that a peaceful life is within my reach if I just surrender to you and your will for me. Strengthen my resolve to let go of those I love and give them the opportunity to find their own way. Fill me with peace and happiness as I continue this journey with you. In your most holy name. Amen.

From 40 Days, A Journey of Prayer.