Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 20, 2010
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up
that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that
will not become known. What I say to you in the
dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered,
proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who
kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear
him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are
not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of
them will fall to the ground unperceived by your
Creator. And even the hairs of your head are all
counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value
than many sparrows."
Sometime ago I was preparing a sermon on fear. One
commentary mentioned the Bible specifically teaches
us to "fear not" in more than 300 scripture references.
I find that greatly encouraging. I have experienced
violence at both knifepoint and gunpoint and have
felt paralyzing fear. Yet Jesus is telling us to
"fear not." Do not be afraid of evil perpetrators
of violence. Rather, revere and fear God who can
destroy body and soul. I have to confess that this
is easier said than done.
Look at the birds. Once again we are reminded that
not one will fall to the ground without our heavenly
Parent's will and consent. Even the hairs on our
head are numbered. So do not fear. We are worth
more than many little birds. We are deeply valued
by God. Be strong and of good courage. Fear not.
God is with us. We will not be left alone in our
hour of need.
God, help us not be afraid. Thank you for valuing
us so highly. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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