NO FEAR…

In my little church family all are welcome regardless of whatever… Just thought I’d fly this flag and post this for those who don’t know.

Matthew 10:26-31
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

Matthew 10:26-31 — New Revised Standard Version
So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

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A recurring theme in scripture is
“DO NOT BE AFRAID!”
Yet… yet,
we remain afraid.
We continue to fear —
the unknown, change,
what we cannot control,
discomfort,
loss,
pain,
but mostly fear itself.
To all this fear
Jesus preaches a sermon,
and well,
you know how much attention we all pay to
sermons?
Huh…?
God tells us not to fear.
Prophets tell us not to fear.
Jesus tells us not to fear.
Still we fear.
Don’t kid yourself about it, either.
Fear saturates us.
Sometimes
it keeps us safe.
Sometimes
it saves our lives.
Sometimes
it holds us back
from our dreams.
Sometimes
it keeps us secure
in ways that stultify our souls.
Sometimes
it inhibits our capacity to love
fully.
And yet we are called to love
fully —
as Jesus loves,
as we are loved by God.
This text is not about anything
other than loving.
Jesus’ disciples,
us/you/me/we
are being told
to spread the love of God
and not worry about
consequences.
Calling us,
always inviting us,
to open our hearts to love.
Asking us to let what Jesus tells us
in the secret recesses
of our praying hearts,
to be told in the light of day,

and not to fear…

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