By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

We are called at times in our lives to step into certain positions or roles, perhaps for a short time or maybe for a longer period.

This could be a job, a relationship, a living situation.

I often think of being called to something and that call is filled with newness and anticipation. I don’t often think about being called to step away.

Sometimes we receive a call to let go, without knowing what lies ahead. At times, we are called to let go of friends who have been a part of our lives for years.

This call creates an empty space that puts us in a state of unknowing and insecurity. Stepping away or letting go is not just a void that causes pain. It is a part of living and growing.

There is a time after stepping away to be quiet, to be fallow, to be in-between, a time to let life settle. And in this quiet, in-between time, new life begins.

  • In your own life, are you being called to or away from something?
  • How do you handle the call to let go — of a job, a relationship, a living situation or something else — when you don’t know what the future holds?
  • Have you found growth in the in-between times, or a discomfort that wants to know what to expect?