Embracing Fear and Live Life Well!

Embracing Fear and Live Life Well!

“Take my side as you promised: I’ll live then for sure.

Don’t disappoint all my grand hopes!

Psalm 119:116

    Fear can cripple a life. Fear of disease, losing our place in the social stream, fear of losing our friends and so on. We are all well aware of fear. All these fears add up to fearing death, the ultimate fear.

    The thing I have learned through the years is that we should listen to our fears and not over react.

    We look back at our life, and we see all of the wrong roads taken. All of the bad decisions, things I have done wrong (sins), people we have hurt, used, and also all of the good in taking the right road, and see it as an involving process.

    In Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American  Century authored by John Loughery writes honestly of Dorothy’s life, tells her story of sexual activities in her early life, her impatience, bias, and doubts. This book shows us that Dorothy was an individual who had her leper spots, and as she grew on her journey becomes a saint in reality–broken, scarred  and simply a human being on her journey with God.

    We see our life in the same way–one in progress, with many fears, but embracing that fear and growing in love.

    In embracing fear our lives open to living well.

      The Psalmist in this verse:

“Take my side as you promised: I’ll live then for sure.

Don’t disappoint all my grand hopes!

Psalm 119:116

reminds us that many times our hopes will fail, but in listening, and following God we want be disappointed.

    We had grand plans, our personal dream was a large, and prestigious church with all the benefits.

    Well we see where we are today: living in one room, sharing a bathroom, begging for money, and hanging out for the most part with young adults.

    God has not disappointed for by following his lead we have not been disappointed in our grand hopes. The grand hopes of God is found in service to others, without expecting anything in return.  We have an enormous amount of fears, but by reflecting upon them and not over reacting God allows us to see the way.

    We have not felt well this week,  we are simply exhausted, and think about how we are  aging, and will die,  and simply be forgotten. I wonder if anyone really cares. And as we embrace those fears God comes in remind ing us we are in his hands.

    Our prayers for every one is that we   embrace our fears and by not over reacting, and looking fear straight in the face, we can hear the words of Jesus not to fear, and have a well lived life. Let whatever comes have it’s place and know we will have a grand life. Fear cripples, faith gives us hope.

    St. Francis de Sales shares the secret in dealing with fear and the well-lived life:

Do Not Look forward in Fear

Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life,

rather look  to them with full hope that as they arise God, whose very own you are will lead you safely through all things;

and when you can not stand it,

God will carry you in his arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;

the same understanding Father who cares for

you today will take care of then and everyday.

He will  either shield  you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Sims, sfw, D.Min. D.S.T

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

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