Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” (Mt 6: 11-12)

The spiritual life is often regarded in terms of struggle. But the Lord’s Prayer teaches me to surrender, letting God “do” certain things, and letting certain things “be done.” And this wholesome, harmonious picture of surrender would not be complete without my little part; the part I “do.” And that is, “let go” of any debts owed to me. The harmony God offers will be disrupted, and I will be disturbed, perhaps subtly, with fears and anxieties with regard to just about everything. The debts owed to me will eat away, like termites, at the freedom and peace I am given in faith, in a daily connection with God.

So let me take down a notch any resentments or attempts at control today, which may be blocking out the harmony God has on offer. He can, and does, take care of my “debts,” placing them where they belong, in His merciful hands. And He sheds light and peace, in His grace, on my daily concerns, be they personal, financial, or professional, helping me do the next right thing. “Thy will be done,” I say to Him gratefully, as I let Him into this day, ceasing to fight against people and things I do not control.

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