Today is the day
I put it all behind me.
Today I banish the fears
That once haunted me.
I put them in a shiny red balloon
And watch them float away,
High in the sky, on their way to nowhere.
All of the things that laid my soul bare,
All are gone with the balloon in the wind.
Rising higher and higher
Until they vanish in the sunlight.
Gone as if they never had been,
And I am left with the love, the knowledge,
The presence, and the power of God.
Thank you, God, for red balloons!
From Looking For You, by Verlie Rider, 2012
I wrote this one a few years ago, and sometimes I still go back to it to remind myself that it is possible to put all of the bad stuff in one place and send it on to a different place. Everyone seems to have some “bad stuff” somewhere in their past. The happiest ones are those who have found a way to get past it.