The end of monstrous fear

Fear of sickness and sin can dissolve just as childhood fears do.

When my son was quite small, he went through a period of chronic fear. Night after night he refused to sleep in his room because he was afraid that Dracula would come to his window and get in. We tried in vain to explain that this make-believe creature, which he had obviously come to know from television, was merely the product of a writer's imagination, and that it could not really "get" anyone.

After several months with no progress, it occurred to me to ask my son if he had a solution to this fear. So I asked if there was anything that would make him feel safe from Dracula. I will never forget his answer because it was so bizarre: "Blue," he said. "I will be safe in blue."

Star power or divine power?
June 1, 1992

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