How do you feel when things are difficult and someone says, “Don’t be afraid?” We might feel as if our suffering is not being taken seriously. When God said to Abram, “Do not be afraid,” Abram did not believe God. When we are afraid, God says to us, too, that we need not fear. But God can comfort us as no one else can. We know, even in the midst of our fear, God is present. The holy and living God walks with us, offering comfort, love and hope. With this God, as with no one else, we can trust that fear will not overcome us.
Your living presence sustains us, O God, in all things, even in our fear. Amen.