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Let Go, Let God

There are a number of faiths and religions that support the mantra, "Let go, let God," meaning, let go of what troubles you or has caused turmoil in your life, and let God take care of it. Many houses of worship promote, and many followers believe, that God is all-knowing, all-healing, and can perform miracles to remedy even the most dire situations, so best to simply hand over your troubles to God. For a survivor of violent trauma, however, this approach to faith and living may be very difficult to take on.

Survivors of violent crime often feel like life has been turned upside-down, and it is common for them to want to take actions that will reestablish a sense of control over their own lives. This need can conflict with the "let go, let God" approach, creating an environment where survivors feel isolated or distant from their faith or place of worship.

While victims share many common struggles with faith and spirituality, many also find solace and healing through their faith, with God, the help of their congregation, and through prayers for peace and strength. It is important to understand that each survivor's path to healing is different and that friends, family members, and fellow congregation members must try to respect, honor, and support that process.

It is our hope that every victim finds healing, peace, and growth.

The following are some additional thoughts regarding the notion of "Let go, let God," for your consideration.

Let Go, Let God —
Fear Less, Love More

(Author Unknown)

To let go doesn't mean to stop caring; it means I can't do it for someone else.

To let go is not to cut myself off; itís the realization that I canít control another.

To let go is not enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.

To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.

To let go is not to try to change or blame another; itís to make the most of myself.

To let go is not to care for, but to care about.

To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive.

To let go is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.

To let go is not to be in the middle, arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own destinies.

To let go is not to be protective; it is to permit another to face reality.

To let go is not to deny, but to accept.

To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.

To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes, and to cherish myself in it.

To let go is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.

To let go is to fear less and to love more.

Witness Justice, PO Box 2516, Rockville, MD 20847-2516, 301.846.9110, info@witnessjustice.org

Last Updated on November 15, 2011


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