Day 6- The Surrendered Mile

My son Collin peering back at me at Princess Meadow’s Playground, built to honor Meadow Pollack and the victims of the tragic and deadly MSD massacre.

A people living in darkness

has seen a great light. 

On those who inhabit a land overshadowed by death, 

light has arisen.

Matthew 4:16

A Prayer of  Simple Surrender

Oh Lord, I make everything so complicated when the truth of the gospel is so simple. Help me not to lose my focus, but instead to find the simplicity of life in you.


Complication. We create our own. In the contrast of darkness and light, the dividing line is easy. But why then is it so hard? Death is not only of the body but of the mind. A land overshadowed by death is often times are own.

In the land of the living, we are not buried in the ground, but instead in the mire of life. Light is scarce and the world seems more like an ocean, and we are drowning in our making. We have not, can not, refuse not to enjoy the air or the wind or the waves. We cannot sit still.  Yet we continue to talk about busy as a state of being that cannot be changed.

Why aren’t we talking about busy as the four -letter -word -that -it is?

Yesterday, we took the kids to a playground that had to be built because someone died. No not just died, but murdered. 17 and murdered. Among green and purple slides, fencing contained a hundred children while one was not there. Dad turned memory into reality. A grave into a playground. I am quiet. I am not busy now. 

Surrender is not just about arms up, face down. It is not a one time only. It is an over and over again until you smell the earth. Realize that seasons have changed, or that you are miserable, or hopeless or devoid of meaning. You choose it.

It is the wake up and the light. It is the Sunday park and not the Sunday chore. It is everything.

When I saw my son peering back at me I wondered what kind of photograph God wanted me to take in such a golden place. Then I saw it. My son and our Lord.

Today, find the gold in your life. Surrender what is not real.


6 thoughts on “Day 6- The Surrendered Mile

  1. Mt. 11:28 “my yoke is sweet.”

    Americans are allergic to the word surrender, I tend to use the word consent and I think the image of putting on Christ’s yoke is beautiful one to express it. A yoke of oxen generally had two in it Jesus’ day, so Jesus was telling us to take our suffering and lay it them down at the feet of His cross. Once we die to ourselves and take up His cross then we can know peace.

    I’ve seen in the wake of recent events Christians saying Jesus is the prince of peace, but that is a titled giving in Isaiah. Our Lord is King and he promises a Kingdom—one of His Lordship over our lives. So, the peace that he offers is not of this world, as He reminds Pilate that his kingdom is not of this world.

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    1. Melissa Zelniker-Presser

      This is so beautiful. These days, I am trying to live only in Him, by Him and through Him. I feel more alive in the last month than I have in the last ten years. Surrender was key. This is a lesson learned over time. Living other worldly is a daily meditative practice.

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      1. The anecdote has to be explained that recently I read Treasure of Clay the Autobiography of Fulton Sheen. And in it, Sheen explains quite convincingly the power of prayer through his own life experiences.

        I had a relative quite older than me speak to me about their problems. A situation that I feel I was inadequate to really give advice on. So, I said, “The older I get the less I rely on my own abilities to handle situations. Sometimes; the only thing we can do is pray to God.”

        “I do pray—all the time.”

        I responded, “Then pray more. God may have a lesson for you or others that he wants you to learn over time that we can’t see at the present moment.”

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  2. Shlomi Presser

    Amazing post! It’s so hard sometimes to remember that God is always with us and He wants us to enjoy life with Him. Thanks for this post. It’s a perfectly timed reminder of that. Love you.

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