As I ponder the text for the message this Sunday, I was again reminded of the emotional state of the disciples. They were afraid.  We’re going to look at some verses in Luke 24, which is considered a post resurrection story.  It reads “They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost.  He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?”  It seems to me we live and move and have our being within a culture of fear and it affects the way we interact with one another. As fear and anxiety creep into one’s soul there are harmful implications. We all know people who have experienced panic attacks. (Interestingly, women in their twenties to thirties, seem to have the highest levels of anxiety. According to psychologist Linda Blair it is often due to a struggle to “have it all.”) Fear and anxiety impacts us. It is a reality affecting our ability to function as people, to function as people who are called to live worthy lives and to live as those who trust in the faithfulness of God.   Fear simply put is a contagion.  It contaminates faithfulness. Paul Tillich writes, “We are confronted by fear and anxiety that appear all around us in strange disguises.  Who among us does not experience the depression and bewilderment of crippling fear?  Fear and anxiety encourages us to wander aimlessly.”  So I sit and ponder when fearfulness intrudes how is it impacting my faithfulness?

Scripture Reading: ~ Psalm 56:3
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” 

Reflection Questions:
What makes you most fearful?
What does healthy living look like to you?
In what ways have you experienced the Risen Lord?

Prayer: Holy God, I do not want to wander aimlessly and miss out on all the goodness that you offer each day.  Let my fearfulness decrease by filling me with your peace. Amen.

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