We all have our baggage—we have those mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual repositories in which we carry around the experiences, the wounds, the lessons, the triumphs, the defeats, the guilt, the mercies, and the joys of the past.
Show us how, by your grace, to sort through what’s in our baggage so as to keep what we need and to discard what we don’t. Help us to see that such sorting and keeping does not mean keeping just that which is easy to carry; what is helpful might still be hard to bear.
We don’t ask not to have any baggage but we do ask that it be neither so heavy that we have trouble moving into our future nor so light that we don’t take adequate account of our past.
Let our baggage be a helpful and positive tool rather than a hurtful and negative burden.