A year ago I visited the beautiful city of Paris, France. Last week I returned to France to visit some dear friends, and I was saddened by all of the changes I saw in Paris. On street corners were police with guns, and the Eiffel Tower was fenced in with guards everywhere. There was a soccer game taking place, so there was high security. I have friends who will not travel to London or other cities in Europe for fear of terrorist attacks. In addition the recent killings in Orlando, Brussels, and Paris, have provoked fear in many around the world.
In light of this, I have written a poem about not going to fear because with faith and trust in God the fear is removed. When we live in fear we are allowing our enemies to win and our greatest enemy, Satan, to win. When we trust in God, fear vanishes giving rise to freedom. This is freedom in Christ. When we have freedom in Christ, no one can really hurt us or provoke us to fear. Worst case we die, then we will be with our loving Savior. So fear not, my brothers and sisters.
When the rain and clouds hover and persist, fear not
When worry and anxiety hold you captive, fear not
When your trust and belief waver, fear not
When you wonder if you can keep on breathing, fear not
When all those around you have lost control, fear not
When you find yourself in a bottomless abyss, fear not
When your trials and tribulations are never ceasing, fear not
When you keep trying, but seem to always fail, fear not
When life seems hopeless with no promise, fear not
When all reason and logic doesn't give an answer, fear not
When life seems forever against you, fear not
When faulty thoughts overtake your mind, fear not
When you are approaching and facing death's door, fear not
When you don't know if you can make it another day, fear not
When the darkness of depression does not lift, fear not
When the oppression and abuse are too much to bear, fear not
When hurt leaves your heart in pieces, fear not
When loss and grief cause you endless pain, fear not
Since God is always with us, fear not
Since in God we trust, fear not
Since without fear, there is freedom, fear not
Since our freedom is in Christ, fear not....
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
2 Corinthians 3:17a
"Fear not, for I am with you."