Saying No to Fear

Deborah Beach Giordano
© July 1, 2011

Fear God!
thunders the prophet –
and the people
cringe and cover their faces;

Fear God!
shouts the preacher –
and the people
tremble and lower their eyes,

Fear God!
demands the zealot –
and the people
shake their heads
and walk away.

Fear the One
who gave us life,
and designed
our glorious world?

makes us flee;
it sets our teeth on edge,
makes our blood run cold
and turns our hearts to stone.

is the source
of every evil,
fueling anger, self-loathing,
greed, and revenge,
It diminishes our reason,
destroys our happiness,
all good fellowship,
and any hope
of rebuilding.

is not from God –
but clearly

God’s majesty
is awesome –
not awful;
a breathtaking joy
to be pursued
and delighted in

Fear chases us away –

Love draws us closer,
calming us,
comforting us,
encouraging our spirits
and infusing our souls with joy.

Love opens our hearts,
and eases our minds,
bringing light,
and true wisdom
into our lives
and our world.

Love God!

“God is love.” ~ 1 John 4:16

“Do not be afraid.” ~ Jesus


About inklingscommunity

I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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