Five Minute Friday: Release
re·lease verb \ri-ˈlēs\
: to allow (a person or animal) to leave a jail, cage, prison, etc.
: to set (someone or something) free
: to stop holding (someone or something)
I pry a finger loose. Oh, it's hard to let go. Another finger and another until my hand is open. He sits there at first, not knowing what to do with his freedom. Then he carefully moves to the edge, watching me as he goes. Waiting for my hand to close around him again. It doesn't.
My hand is open still. Open and raised to God. Lord, I don't want to smother him. I want him to fail. I want him to
My fingers ache when they're open. Yet, when my hand is open it is in a position to receive the blessings that God has. The blessing of watching my baby become a man. The blessing of seeing him make right choices without me. The blessing of seeing him fall and pick himself up again. When my hand is open, I can give him a high five for a job well done without me.
When I release my grip on the boy who is becoming a man, I am not only freeing him, but giving him to you. Lord, hold my hand and soothe my aching fingers. Put your arm around me as I wave goodbye to my little boy and wave hello to the man he is becoming.
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