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Notes from the Journey with the Disciples – 255

  1. “Do not let your hearts be troubled, do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

Don’t be afraid

Even as I said those words to my trembling granddaughter, I knew them to be unrealistic. Fear doesn’t succumb easily to the will. Nothing in my somewhat extensive arsenal of words can truly slow the onslaught of real emotion. Fear is…scary–even if it’s source is an imaginary monster in an otherwise empty closet. When Jesus offered peace to His disciples, one would think them anxious to grab hold. They now had peace–His peace–and any real justification for fear was melted away. So…do not be afraid. In truth, this is a directive toward faith. It’s a live-by-what-you-know that can replace even the most intense of uncertain feelings. It’s a choice to look potential anxiety in the eye and grin with the knowledge that you have everything you need for the challenge. It’s the memory that victory has already been won and celebrated. The monster has been removed by one bigger than a loving grandpa.

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