Tuesday, March 17, 2015

God is our refuge and our strength, who from old has helped us in our distress. Therefore we fear nothing.

Psalm 46:1-2

Fear nothing. What a beautiful, desirable reality. Yet fear follows us. It plucks at our consciousness. It patiently waits for a weak moment, an entrance in, and boom, it infiltrates our mind, our body, our whole way of being. It can paralyze us – or – it can bring us to a new growth, a new freedom, a new peace, a new life.

My friends, I believe fear is inevitable, it’s what we do when we come face to face with it that matters.

Nelson Mandela said this “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”  I believe the scripture passage today encourages us to face and conquer our fears and more than that, assures us that we can triumph, because we don’t have to face them alone.

As children of a loving Creator, we have the promise that we will never have to face this life alone. We have the power of God to rely upon when we don’t feel we have the strength to keep going. We have our own experiences, and the experiences of others to remind us that this promise is true and alive in the world. I believe this truth is what will allow us to not live in fear but faith, to not be permanently paralyzed but to keep forging onward on the path, to not live in despair but hope.

So what are we afraid of? What stops us from being our authentic selves? Author Marianne Williams says this about our greatest fear “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

What do you think?

Rev. Joan

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