There is a certain movement to the life of the Spirit within us; a movement that has been written about by the saints and poets and pilgrims for centuries. It is the movement from clenched fists to open hands. It is a movement that involves letting go of the things that fill and dominate and consume and control our inner space, so that we can make room for the Spirit to speak, move and act.
It all starts with a willingness to see, and then to release, what is old and tired and broken down and worn out, in order to receive what is new and beautiful and vibrant and alive. You would think that it would be an easy choice. You would think that we would be eager to let go of such things, but you would be wrong. Opening our hands requires great courage and conviction. We are far too attached to what is comfortable and familiar, even if it is also destructive and dysfunctional.
Give me the courage, Lord Jesus, to completely open my hands to you.