Fear Not

Dear Children of God,

“Do not be afraid.” This command and derivatives of it,is the most often repeated commandment in the scripture. “Do not be afraid.”

How do we “fear not” when we see in Paris France ,”…look the wicked bend the bow, they have fitted the arrow to the string, to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do? Remember, the Lord is in God’s holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven. God’s eyes behold, his gaze examines humankind.” (Psalm 11:2-4)

Jesus felt the bombs and blood in the machine gun fire in Paris. For in Christ Jesus the God of “ the heavenly throne” is in us and among us. We are not alone. It was a moment of Good Friday, but Easter is always coming! AND EASTER WINS THE DAY!

Vikki Luce shared a Facebook posting from Anne Lamott with me. Allow me to share a portion of that here: “So where do we find grace and light? It is like after a child dies. Grace always does bat last, and light always overcomes darkness—always, historically. But, not necessarily last the same day, or tomorrow, after lunch. Wendell Berry told me 25 years ago, in Advent (season before Christmas), the darkest shortest days of winter, ‘It gets darker and darker and darker, and then Jesus is born.’ Anne Lamott

In these dark days Jesus is born. Christ is in the midst of all this fear-producing news, saying “fear not.” The resurrection connects us to the eternal journey we share with the Creator of the universe, which is bigger than the fear motivator of the moment.

When following the command of ‘fear not’ is challenging, perhaps you can join this man on the streets of Paris and prayerfully “imagine” a new way of Jesus the “Prince of Peace” emerging. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynsq5ms9lvI

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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