Freedom From Fear

“. . . where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.”  2 Co. 3:17

“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Lord, on this 4th of July, grant us freedom from our fears:

Fear of moving forward.

Fear that feeds cynicism and despair.

Fear that flashes into anger and hate.

Fear that is reflected in our selfishness.

Fear that fuels our partisan divides.

Fear that crushes hope.

Lead us from fear toward love and compassion, caring and community, for there we will find you (1 John 4:8).  In you there is no fear (1 John 4:18). Free from fear, we can find the way to a better future: one country, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Amen.

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