“Fear Not”

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Like you I’ve been through some very difficult storms in my life and at times wondered if I would ever see calm waters again. “There’s always something” and we’ll explore the little irritations that come along on another post.

I’m reflecting here on those big storms that just seem to come out of nowhere and haven’t you noticed things often come all at once?

The present time is testing all of us and especially those who are sick and in hospital. One thing is apparent – people are reaching out to help one another, checking on each other, and coming together as a community. Being isolated indoors, although trying at times, has also moved me to reflect on my blessings and the things that are most important in life.

Our strength is tested and our faith is definitely tried when we are faced with pain and suffering. Sickness brings particular challenges since often it brings a loss of control, dependence on others, and often the feeling of isolation.

In my own difficult times, it was my Church family that carried me through and my faith that was my compass, even when I couldn’t see clearly…

When I reflect on those difficult times,on my journey, I like to see those special people that helped me as “ministering souls” sent by God to comfort me and give me hope.

Isn’t that what we’re all called to do? To minister to one another – by using our own special gifts, or charisms, to share in helping one another to navigate the trials of life. At times when I feel fear – I am comforted by the words from the book of Isaiah.

Isaiah 41:10

“…do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand”

If we seek God – he will be with us in our trials and will strengthen us. Fear is a natural human emotion, so we are going to feel fear at times. Placing our trust in God, giving to him what we can, is the beginning of a new way of living. It’s a new way because we are choosing to share the burden not just with others but surrendering our present circumstances to God. By walking in faith, although we will not have a life free of fear, we will have a new life of freedom in giving our fears and trials to God who will uphold us and steer us to calm waters.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love” 1 John 4:18.

Next – “Hope of The Sick”

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