Don’t Be Afraid

Take courage! It is I.
Don’t be afraid.
—Matthew 14:27

To Abram, God said, “Do not be afraid . . . I am your shield” (Gn 15:1).

To Joshua, God said, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Jo 1:9).

To Isaiah, God said, comfort my people, telling them, “do not fear, for I am with you . . . I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you . . . (Is 41:10).

To his disciples, Jesus said, “my peace I give you. . . . Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (Jn 14:27).

Reread those four verses—but this time, insert your name in each as the recipient of the message.

The best medicine for a nervous stomach
is a bent knee.

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