“There is nothing to fear. (WB77)”
1 – Anxiety
Anxiety will dog the way of the ego-prone. And is that not all of us at some point(s) in our lives?
2 – A Passage to Remember
If I could only remember this passage when anxiety rears its ugly head! For I am still not perfect in remembering and in putting into practice this glorious promise. Anxiety has been a thorn in my side (from St. Paul in the New Testament) for virtually all of my life. There was only one six-month period in which anxiety did not visit me, and my consciousness was altered at the time. (I was in a moment of revelation that would reveal th end to me, as Jesus says in the Text.). St. Paul does not reveal what his particular “thorn” is, though there has been much speculation over the centuries. But nobody knows the genesis of his statement.
3 – All Have Problems
All of us have thorns. All of us have problems, some of which can be seen by others and some of which cannot be seen.
4 – Nothing to Fear
Jesus says that there is nothing to fear. We probably do not yet see the world that way, but do we doubt Jesus?
5 – The Better Way
I think not. We can ask to be shown the better way, the way of quiet and peace. In a calmer frame of mind, we truly will recognize that there is nothing to fear. When we slip from a broader perspective, we can make an affirmation of this statement. Repeatedly saying these words in times of stress will help tremendously. And the time will come when it becomes a truth to recognize at all times.
I awoke last night, after a bad dream, in an anxious state. I did remember that fear is not necessary, that I do not have to feel fear. I finally prayer myself back to sleep. Thank You for being there.
Help me to realize that, even when I fall down, You are there to pick me up. When I realize this, I am calmed, and that is at least one reason why communing with You in the middle of the night, is so welcoming and brings Your peace.