Do You Need to Let Go and Let God? or Do I Need to Stop Saying That?

Is Jesus your co-pilot? Does everything happen for a reason? Is that bad thing that happened to you all part of God’s plan? Are you as tired as I am of hearing these trite, well-meaning cliches from the people you love?

Right, anyway, Jeff Bethke is, too. The Seattle-based minister and sometimes spoken word poet has previously looked at the value of being honest, broken and vulnerable, and he’s back with some (but much needed) similar thoughts. Instead of throwing out unthinking words of reassurance, maybe it’s time to toss away the cliches and say just what we really mean. What words do you say unthinkingly? On this list?

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.