Befriending our fears…

“As a young man, I yearned for the day when, rooted in the experience that comes only with age, I could do my work fearlessly. But today, in my mid-sixties, I realize that I will feel fear from time to time for the rest of my life. I may never get rid of my fear. But . . . I can learn to walk into it and through it whenever it rises up . . . naming the inner force that triggers . . . fear . . . Naming our fears aloud . . . is the first step toward transcending them.” Parker Palmer

Prayer: God, when we feel existential angst, when our childhood fears and the anxieties of our Youth come to hunt us, when our anxious personality makes us jittery, or the worst case scenarios of tomorrow make us lose sleep at night, come and be the One we can talk to. Let us find refuge in You. We thank You for the many times You have met us saying: “Do not be afraid”, for You know how we are. You hold us with our fears. We are relieved, and we are grateful. Amen

Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack. My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 

Psalm 56: 1-3