WHEN THE THEME SONG of anxiety creeps into our minds, it brings with it the fear of failure, the fear of success, the fear of change, the fear of letting go, and all the many fears that tend to stop us mere human beings in our tracks. A visual image that I use when I feel tense or anxious is that of walking hand in hand with Jesus; the two of us are always walking away and up a slight incline, and I am always a little girl.
Knowing that my Lord holds me safely gives me comfort and support. With God as companion and deliverer, I find my courage to live where I am – even when where I am is not much fun. It is my God who calls me to follow, and it is through this day and with this divine companion that my path leads.
- Audrey Miskelley
From the devotion for January 31 in the week titled “Fulfilling Our True Selves” by Audrey Miskelley, page 48 in The Upper Room Disciplines 2013: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2012 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law.
Nehemiah 8:9, NRSV
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