Confronting obscenity

When I was in graduate school, I was awakened one night by a phone call. When I picked up the phone, a man began telling me things he was going to do to me sexually, and it really frightened me. I had never heard that kind of talk before, and to be awakened in the middle of the night by such obscene language made it seem overpowering. I immediately hung up the phone and began to pray.

As I became still, the following passages from my favorite psalm came to my thought: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear…. Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:1, 2, 10). These passages reminded me that I could silence fear by knowing that divine Love surrounds and protects me every moment.

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