Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke to a nation that was still reeling from the Great Depression. Hoping to give the people a more optimistic outlook, he declared, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!" For us today, fear surfaces when we are at risk to losing our wealth, health, reputation, family, and our lives. Fear propels us to protect what is important to us, When we (Christians) fail to place ourselves in God's care and control, fear takes over and cripples us emotionally and saps us spiritually. We rely on our own strength to see us through the difficulty that faces us. However, in life when we are confronted with life situations that require us to use our moral values of our Christian faith to make decisions. We allow the fear of human consequences to influence us at times to go against the teachings of our Christian faith. At times like that, the remedy for fear is to place our trust in God, our heavenly Father. Only when we trust God to guide us by His presence, power, protection, and love that we can share the joy of the psalmist, who said, "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from off my fears: (Psalm 34:4) Trust in the Lord our God is the cure for a fearful spirit. May God continue to richly bless you in all areas of your lives.
Chaplain John Szilvasy, LTC (ret)