Awakening a Keen Observer

Friday, October 01, 2004

Litmus Test

Rev. James Forbes is quoted in the wonderful report by the Presbyterian Church's Moderator Rick Ufford-Chase.
In it, if you haven't read it yourself is a discussion by Forbes about faith and fear. This line was one that moved me,
"In the end, our biggest problem is that we don't believe in our own God's transcendence, in God's ability or interest to do something with us. We are simply unsure that God has a compelling influence on our time."

Is our love of fear something that keeps us from having to do, to act, to live our lives fully? If we are fearful we have then a reason not to risk. Because there is something out there, real or imagined, that will stop us. Then are we not living our lives as we see them and not as God sees them.

Jeremiah wrote: God has a plan for your life.

And the litmus test about what we do might be if we are stopped from doing something because of fear is that God's plan.

I do not negate reason or reasonable care about our actions. But over and over and over... do not be afraid...was given to us as God's children.

Go now... don't be afraid.
"Be not afraid, I go before you always, Come, follow me and I will give you rest", are the words of a hymn that can lead us all.
Have a Good Friday!
God abides,
Bobbie Giltz McGarey


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