Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. With the LORD on my side I do not fear. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:5-6 RSV

Thought

Grief is, in part, fear of the unknown, of how life will be without your loved one. Fear is a very real part of grief. In grief you encounter new fears every day. It may seem as if fear cloaks you every minute of every day. Grief magnifies your human capacity for fear. When someone you love dies, what you fear most becomes reality. Though fear is a common response to death, it need not be a permanent fixture in your life.

Prayer

God, I am in distress. Fear has a powerful grip on my heart and mind. I pray that I may feel your presence so that I will not be so fearful every day. Amen.

Assurance

I will not allow fear to define my life.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012