Do Not Be Afraid

April 23, 2013

Today’s Reflection

“DO NOT BE AFRAID,” just like “you are forgiven,” are needed companions throughout our lives. We strive to be faithful followers, to be strong and bold in vocation. But sometimes, strength wavers. Sometimes, boldness weakens or mutates into arrogance. By and large, those experiences come because of fear. “Do not be afraid” can fade into the background all too quickly when tragedy or injustice or downright ignorance holds sway.

But God does not give up on us. God does not strip us of our calling in those times when we realize that even having nothing to fear but fear itself still leaves us with a considerable antagonist to face. Rather, God calls us out — out of sin, out of fear — and gives us the possibility of a new day.

- John Indermark

Do Not Live Afraid

From Do Not Live Afraid: Faith in a Fearful World by John Indermark. Copyright © 2009 by John Indermark. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Name a fear that separates you from the love of God. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

11:17 If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?
Acts 11:17, NRSV

This Week: pray those seeking purpose. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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This week we remember
Mark the Evangelist.
(April 4).

Lectionary Readings

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Gary April 23, 2013 at 7:15 am

The unfounded fear I have that tries to force a wedge between me and God is that my wife, who is 71 this year, is going to die way too soon. I try to trust God. I’m encouraged by my wife to trust God. But, I keep refusing to let go of this fear.

Oh, God! I believe. Help Thou my unbelief!

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robert moeller April 23, 2013 at 7:26 am

After losing, Sue, my 49 year old wife, at age 50 I can understand your worry. I’m now engaged to be married and with several recent surgeries the same worry comes to mind. One can only trust in God. God helped me through the loss of Sue and is with Anneliese and I now. God will see us through and I believe God will do the same for you.

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robert moeller April 23, 2013 at 7:16 am

At the moment being able to pay for college is a challenge. It will happen but until it is done, there certainly is concern.

Yes, Lord I pray for those seeking purpose, in many ways we are all doing that, some may be more secure than others but we all wonder from time to time. Balancing between the care of a child or a career, finishing college, what the future will bring, and the health of a loved one all have aspects of purpose. Help us always to put You first Lord and our purpose will be safe and sound. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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Edy April 23, 2013 at 9:38 am

My concern is for my children and other family members that don’t believe in Jesus Christ, our savior. They must in order to have eternal life. I lift all of them up to be blessed, changed forever. In your mercy, Lord, please help them know you.

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Betsy April 24, 2013 at 6:08 am

My fears I most often face concern my family members. Please lift up my daughter, Sara, who is heartbroken over a broken relationship with a young man she had been dating. It is for the best, but it still painful for her and us! Heal her heart and allow her to love again. She will watch as her younger brother walks down the aisle this October and marry his love. Take away her sadness and fill her with the love and support that she shares with all her family!
Amen

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