Do Not Be Afraid

Do you feel tossed around by the wind and waves of life? In Matthew 14:22-33, Jesus says, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” (vs 27)

When I’m feeling battered and shaken and not sure how to talk to God about it. I turn to the Psalms. They’re in the middle of the the Bible, just split the Bible’s pages in half, and you should be in Psalms. They are poems, songs, prayers and laments.

Authors throughout history have taken the Psalms from the Bible, and written them in their own words. These paraphrases can be helpful too.

Tomorrow we gather for worship to remind one another that Jesus is in our midst. It’s the annual Back to School Blessing ritual as we bless students and teachers and parents into the new school year. We’ll be looking for you at 9 or 10:30.

Below is a paraphrase of Psalm 56 that reminds me to look at Jesus when I am afraid.

Grace and peace,

It is time for your mercy
to show up.
I need it now.
Things are desperate.
I feel surrounded by evil,
and I need you.

When I am afraid,
I look to you.
I trust in your word.
With that being the case,
how can I lose?

Those who hate me
never let up.
They continually try to trip me up,
they wait for me to mess up.
Show them how angry you are, God!
You know how I am suffering,
so let’s see some action.
For I am sure of one thing:
You are on my side,
you want me to be happy.

I will keep my promises to you, God,
because, once again, you
have saved me from harm
and kept me from drowning
in my fears, worries, and failures.
I will follow you,
for your light is brighter
than any other force.

By David Haas from Prayers Before an Awesome God

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