March 18th Lenten Devotion

Name Your Fear

Cristine Warring

Matthew 8:23-27

I don’t know about you, but if a skyscraper sized wave was headed my way, and I was in a little 12 foot bass boat maybe, I would be terrified too. Rather than rebuke the disciples for their terror, let’s think about a way to live *in* the terror – because sometimes the storm is not calmed.

What if we name our fears as we experience them? I believe God knows what we are afraid of, yet sometimes I think that if I speak the fear out loud and possibly enable it to run loose in the world, then things will be worse than ever! So I keep my fears bottled up inside – losing focus, losing strength, and losing sleep. Perhaps I might take a deep breath and name my fears out loud?

What if we name our fears as we experience them? Could the very act of evicting our fears out of our heads and expelling our fears out of our hearts – out into a communal space –could this possibly produce a miracle? From the body of Christ around us? Calming the winds and seas for a bit so we can catch our breath?

What if we name our fears as we experience them? Name them and acknowledge them? Then, cry out as the disciples did – with a twist. Perhaps we can name our fears and ask for help in living *in* them, with hope for the unknown miracle to come – as we ask for help in remembering the Holy’s presence and trusting for the rest.

ACTION: Just for today – write out a fear on a sticky note and hold it up to God. Speak your fear out loud and pray – help me faithfully trust Your presence in my fears, O God. Write in a different color “God is present” across the fear as a reminder of your prayer. Place the note somewhere as a memory touchstone – coming back to it as you need to.

 

Cristine Warring is the pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – Girard in rural southeast Kansas.

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