Heart Condition

Hanging On vs. Letting Go

I’ve read so many blogs from people hanging onto

Hurt, anger, grief, shame, control,

Not being able to get past it all

Clutching the pain

like a redolent bouquet of helium balloons.

If we let it go, it would fly

Up and away

Where it needs to be

But we hold tight, tighter, tightest.

The enemy keeps at us and at us,

Spraying putrid, noxious stench into our atmosphere

To keep us from smelling the sweet scent of joy,

Of thankfulness, of peace.

Fogging our heads with confusion,

Resentment, blame,

Entitlement and so much

Insufficiency that we don’t allow ourselves

To notice:

The falling leaves that dance before our eyes,

The richness of our first taste of morning coffee

The stillness of solitude when it gently wraps itself around us,

The warmth of dawn when it whispers, “Begin anew.”

If only we would open our hands,

Let the assemblage drift up

To the One who can take it

Onto His powerful shoulders,

Open our hands

And let go,

Maybe our hearts would, too.


  1. Beautiful, Susan! Thank you for the encouragement to trust the Lord. 🙂


  2. Tamara Rice · ·

    This is beautiful. Glad you found me today, Susan, because it means I found you! Begin anew … that will stay with me a while. Thank you.


  3. Lovely, Susan…. left me with a nice warm glow!


  4. I really like this post. The helium balloon concept made me smile. I wrote one entitled, “Two Balloons – Forgive and Forgiven” that is about the same idea, except that real balloons are used to deal with pain. I’m a visual person, so this was a powerful tool for resolving some issues that could be resolved in no other way. 🙂

    Thanks for following Lessons by Heart, and bringing me here to meet you. May the Lord bless your work!

    Love in Christ,
    Praising Jesus who makes all things new!


    1. Thank you, Tami. Blessings returned!


  5. Life is beautiful, all we have to do is open our eyes. I appreciate your posts, Susan. Uplifting, wise, and kind.


    1. Thank you so much. It’s good to hear. And I really do appreciate you.


  6. Just beautiful Susan. It really is in the simple things of life that we can be so thankful and then start the process of ‘letting go’ if we really take the time to notice what is right in front of us but so often are in danger of missing. Reading this brings to mind one of my favourite scriptures ‘In repentence and rest is my salvation, in quietness and in trust is my strength’. I felt His rest reading this.


    1. You are always so kind, Sherri. Rest isn’t easy to come by, but He is where I always find it. Thank you.


      1. As are you, my dear Susan, and thank YOU 🙂


  7. Great post! Sent to Tweeter 😄 Thanks and God bless you!


  8. Amazing how we were both thinking on the deeper lessons of the season — on letting go. And well put: we do get fogged with a sense of entitlement.


    1. I think a lot of things can fog us over, depending on our particular weaknesses. The crispness of the autumn air always helps to refresh my thinking, gets me to focus more clearly on what really matters. My favorite time of year.


  9. Those balloons lift my spirit, too. Thank you for this timely post.


    1. So glad, Beth. Keep looking up.


  10. Ohhhhh…just reading this made me feel even better today! Beautiful!


    1. Thank you. So glad you found this and took the time to comment, my wonderful friend! So many blessings to you today. God’s heart is with you. Keep breathing!


  11. If only letting go were that easy….just when we think we have “let go”…it finds its way back…an unwelcome familiarity. I will say this, that after the passing of time the rich taste of my morning coffee has a soothing affect and God still has His Hand on my days…even in this sadness. God bless you.


    1. That’s the important acknowledgement: that God has His hand on your days. And to say that with the passing of time, your coffee is now soothing to you is yet another step forward. One day you will be able to look at all the miles of steps you have made. Be blessed, my friend.


  12. Noelle Davis · ·

    Beautiful!!! Love this! Such a great reminder!

    Sent from my iPhone



    1. Thanks, Noelle. You’re such a great support and comfort.


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