December 13. Thursday of the Second Week

Don’t wring your hands,

clasp them

“I am the Lord, your God, who grasp your right hand;
It is I who say to you, “Fear not, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

Jim faced a wall of fear. His daughter-in-law did not survive a deep postpartum depression. Jim was the one who found her. Now he was faced with the task of taking over much of the care of the baby and keeping his now grieving family together. Each evening he articulated his fears and worries to God, often with tears streaming down his face, pouring out his anguish to the loving Father who had always stood by him, and his load became easier.
Fear leaves us with an intense sense of powerlessness and vulnerability.¬† When we are overcome by fear, says Harvard Medical School psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell, “don’t wring your hands, clasp them…. Prayer or meditation can change the state of your brain.” Talk to God when you feel worried or fearful. Jesus listens to us; we listen to him. Hardly anything comforts and eases us more than someone who lovingly listens. Jesus -the greatest listener, the greatest friend- experienced our fears, our stresses and worries. He understands us more than anyone He grasps our hand.

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DAILY PRACTICE   Name some of your current fears and write a prayer in which you give those fears to Jesus.

Dear Lord, you probed the
depths of fear in your life here on earth.
Ease our fears through your nearness.

 

From: Advent 2012. Reflections, practices, and prayers for every day of Advent. GLIMPSING THE GLORY by Deacon Eddie Ensley. Twenty Third Publications.

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