by Lauren Van Ham
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13, NIV
Goodness knows there’s plenty to feel afraid about. Real or imagined, we receive a steady stream of messages each day that offer huge helpings of fear: the spread of ebola, the stock market, our relationship with other countries, global warming, the state of education, our children's future, the dangers of diabetes, add your fear *HERE*, and on and on.
How do you work with fear? I’ve been told, more than once, that fear and love don’t comfortably cohabitate; and that, when I’m feeling fear, I should focus on love.
Focus on love.
It’s an instructive prompt, for sure; I like the sound of it, but when I’m in the grip of a well-fed worry or fear, sometimes love feels hard to reach. In ...