Let It Go
LET IT GO
SERMON FOR PRESCHOOL GRADUATION 2016
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Thank you all for joining us here tonight for this fabulous night of fun and song. It is always such an honor to work with the preschool. We do little advertising for the preschool and yet each year we have plenty of kids. Those of us who know them know that is because of the work of Connie and Cheryl. We know it is because of the hearts they have for the children and for the Lord. When that kind of love is present in a place you really don’t have to advertise.
It’s always the highlight of my week to do Chapel with the kids. We usually do a couple of silly songs, and a Bible story, and end our time with a high five, which the kids insists always has to be higher so they can see how high they can jump. Though with my stature that is still not very high. Children teach us the most amazing things. They teach us about innocence, hope, laughter, and joy. And you never know what they are going to do. But you know I thought that after a year and a half of working with the preschool I had seen in all. But then something happened that blew my mind.
The kids sang the Frozen song, “Let it Go.” When I heard the music come on I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I don’t have kids so I had never seen a group of three and four year olds sing the Let it Go song. But when the music came on it was as if they had become possessed by Disney. “Let it go! Let it go! Can’t hold it back anymore! Let it go! Let it Go! Turn around and slam the door! I don’t care what they are going to say! Let the storm rage on! The cold doesn’t bother me anyway!” I mean the kids belted it out at the top of their lungs. I am pretty sure they don’t even understand half the words. But they feel the power in that song. Because I think kids inherently know how to let it go. They are free in a way that we adults forget.
Sure they have their tantrums and meltdowns. But they don’t hold a grudge. Yes perhaps you as parents have to discipline them at times but when you open your arms they don’t hesitate to embrace you. Because they trust you implicitly. They know you love them and want the best for them. It is a heavy weight to have such a trust. I am sure it hurts when you all on occasion can’t live up to the hope you see in their eyes.
The premise of Frozen is that there is some inherent power within us that allows us to overcome the world. But I think you as parents know that isn’t true. You all know you have limits. And when you reach them you reach inside and you worry there isn’t enough there to go on sometimes. That’s because there isn’t. We can’t let it go on our own. The worries and challenges of the world are bigger than us and they are sometimes out of our control. We don’t have any magic power within us to make everything better to freeze things so they don’t change and they are the way we like them.
Perhaps you have heard the common slogan, “God helps those who helps themselves.” Well we Christians know that isn’t found anywhere in the Bible. Perhaps God would rephrase it, “God helps those who are helpless,” because at times in our lives we all find ourselves at the end of our rope. And beyond the end of our rope are hands of grace ready and willing to lift us up. Perhaps you believe in God. Perhaps you are even a Christian and yet you still worry. And you are wondering why you don’t have peace. Paul tells us here that peace is not automatic. What he says is a conditional statement, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Paul wrote that letter when he was in prison. Now maybe none of us have been in prison. But we have all been at points in our lives where we have felt helpless. Where we can’t distinguish up from down, right from left, right from wrong. But Paul found a way to let go of his circumstances and he found a peace that surpasses understanding. Now I can’t explain to you with words what that is like because it surpasses understanding. But God promises us that it is real. And it is something that is within our grasp. If we let it go, if we let go of our troubles and grab a hold of the grace of Jesus Christ. Thank you all for coming tonight. May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you and give you peace.