Thursday, March 24, 2016

WHERE OUR FEARS GO TO DIE


“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”  (Matthew 26:38)

Jesus made His fears public. He "offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death" (Hebrews 5:7 NIV). He prayed loudly enough to be heard and recorded, and He begged His community of friends to pray with Him.

His prayer in the garden becomes, for Christians, a picture of the church in action -- a place where fears can be verbalized, pronounced, stripped down, and denounced; an escape from the "wordless darkness" of suppressed frights. A healthy church is where our fears go to die. We pierce them through with Scripture, psalms of celebration and lament. We melt then in the sunlight of confession. We extinguish them with the waterfall of worship, choosing to gaze at God, not our dreads.

-- Max Lucado in Fearless


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