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No place for fear
Fear seems so prevalent these days. There appear to be many avenues for it to weasel its way into our thinking. And sometimes a specific fear has been with us for so long that it seems to be a part of our identity. It would argue that we must just live with it, adjust our lives to accommodate it. But this is completely contrary to God’s law of love, which casts out fear.
The summer before I graduated from college I was taking two courses and living in a house with three other people. It was the end of the semester and the others had all finished their courses, so I was alone in the house. Sometime during the night I awoke to a man standing over my bed with his hand on my shoulder. I sat up in bed, and all I could keep repeating was, “Why are you doing this?” He touched me no further, left the house, and I called the police.
Although I was grateful for the protection and was able to successfully complete the last exam I had the next day, the fear remained with me whenever I was alone at night. At these times, I would wake up and feel that someone was in the house. It was several years before I started to give concerted prayer to the problem.
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Diggy, Margaret Powell
Shaped by God, not society
Watering the seed—the Word of God
No place for fear
Divine Love—always present to heal us
Calmed by Psalm 91
Designed to reflect God
Upright and free after severe fall
Cured of intense stomach pain
Debra Corry Brandt
Arm pain healed
Mary Ann Nilsson
The Lord is my shepherd
Bigfork, Montana, US
Fifty years on, practical lessons from German-Israeli friendship
The Monitor’s Editorial Board
Liz Butterfield Wallingford
Moving to a new church