Freedom From Fear

Trudy Maassen Vander Haar

READ : John 14:1-7, 25-27

Yesterday we admitted that we worry about things that might happen. Today let’s consider fear of things that are happening. My husband, a minister of pastoral care, meets with people every day who have bad things happening to them . . . heart attacks, surgery, malignancy, loss of a job, the breaking up of family relationships or death of a spouse.

While visiting a very ill elderly woman, he learned that she had a Good Morning prayer in a place where she could see it and read it every day. Part of the prayer was, “Father, I am well aware I can’t make it on my own, so take my hand and hold it tight, for I can’t walk alone.”

In John 14, Jesus is telling His fearful disciples that, although He will leave them, He is going to prepare a place for them. In addition, the Comforter will come to dwell with them and they will never walk alone. God will be with them. We also have this assurance and comfort even when life is very rough!

I read about two little girls during World War II who with their mom were huddled in an air raid shelter. Together they silently prayed. Then the five-year-old said, “We’ve prayed, so Jesus won’t let the bombs fall on us.” Her only slightly older sister wisely added, “Jesus doesn’t always take away the bombs, but he does take away the `fraidness.’”

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, give us confidence in Your presence and, when life becomes difficult, take away the “fraidness.” Amen.