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Fighting Fear With Hope

As caretakers, we are often trying to combat overthinking and fear. Though lamenting in

darkness, faith rekindles at the thought of God in all His love and mercy. By faith we see farther

then our eyes will ever comprehend. We are reminded in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by

faith, not by sight.” Gratefully, our hope is anchored in the goodness and grace of God.

A priest friend of mine shared that, "Trusting God is like driving at night. Our headlights

show only enough of the road so that we can keep going. We want to see more, but we have

enough.” Our definition of ‘enough’ and God’s are probably different, and fear can begin to rear

when all the circumstances around us whether caretaking or anything else, become unsettling.

Thank God for our faith – a steady hope, that somehow is always there, even when we seem to

falter. We pray to lean on our faith, not our fears, trusting God cares for our every need.

Does it help us to remember that God is teaching us about Himself and His love for us

during a painful season? It has been my experience that God speaks through pain and

circumstances, through the Bible and others. For our part, we are called to listen, confident we

will be led on the best path. Encouragement comes from Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me, and I will

answer you; I will tell you great things beyond the reach of your knowledge.”

Edward Grinnan writes, “No disease can destroy faith, but faith can destroy fear.”

When we are in the grip of fear, it may seem hard to believe that quote. If we lock the doors of

our hearts in fear or doubt, we can miss the power of the Holy Spirit. As we trust God, trying to

keep our hearts open, the Spirit can then be free to move in us. The Spirit intercedes for us with

inexpressible groanings. We are urged not to give up, nor to mistrust and to never stop asking

God for our needs. Help is an answer to fear; God’s help is a deliverance from it. His help is our

strength and the lifter of our heads.

Deuteronomy 31:8, “It is the Lord who goes before you; He will be with you and will

never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be dismayed.” There are 365 different verses in

the Scriptures that are directed to not ‘fearing.’ It would seem then that God knows we are

saturated in fear and encourages us to believe we will never be forsaken. Living in hope, despite

any circumstances, is keeping our eyes not on the troubles, but on the Lord!

Join me in living this quote from Martin Luther King, Jr, “We must accept finite

disappointment, but we must never give up infinite hope.”

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