FEAR KILLS a mind and soul by slowly obliterating the visions we hold for our lives. That we should not fall prey to fear is a constant theme in the scriptures. God does not want us to succumb to the chilling and killing aspects of fear; God encourages people not to be afraid of the circumstances in which they find themselves. It seems that one of God’s favorite themes is “”Do not be afraid”" or “Do not fear.” Perhaps God repeats this theme so often because we so often fear circumstances that confront us in our lives and ministries.
- Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job
A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God
Norman Shawchuck, from pages 185-186 of A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God, by Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job Copyright © 2003 by the authors. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
In prayer, name something that causes you to be afraid. Imagine life without that fear? What would it take to make your imagination reality? Share your thoughts.
The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!
Isaiah 29:10-11, NRSV
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This week we remember Emily Balch (January 11).
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