Fear Cannot Be Our Guide

Do not call conspiracy everything these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. Is. 8:12

Lord, in our fast and noisy world it can be hard to discern which way to go. Many of the loudest voices feed our fears.  We fear enemies both real and imagined. We fear change. We fear a future we can neither predict nor control.  To calm our fears we demand immediate and simplistic fixes, forgoing the effort to understand the complex realities before us.  We turn away from wisdom.  Full of fear, we close our doors and fail to reach out to help others in our communities.  We turn away from love.  Fearing what we cannot understand, we focus on the close reality of our possessions. We fail to hear your call; we fail to seek your presence.

Yet you O Lord are with us always, ready to strengthen us and help us. (Is. 41:10) Help us to move away from our fears and hear your voice.  Let us learn to say with the psalmist, “I sought the Lord and he answered me;  he delivered me from all my fears.” Ps. 34:4  Help us to try new directions, to face our fears and speak against the voices that would mislead us. Help us to trust in you, and guide us O Lord.

Amen

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One Response to “Fear Cannot Be Our Guide”

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