For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13 NRSV

Thought

When your world is shaken by the death of your loved one, fear ambushes you when you are unprepared and least able to defend yourself. The power of fear is that it threatens to paralyze you. For no other reason than your grief, you may suddenly feel incompetent. Fear entices you to feel hopeless. You recognize the hold that fear has on your life when your confidence becomes self-doubt and your certainty becomes second-guessing. Fear is overcome by the strength of God’s hand.

Prayer

God, I need you to hold my right hand because I am immobilized by fear. May I hear your voice whisper in my heart, “Do not fear.” God, help me. Amen.

Assurance

I have within me the spiritual resources to disable fear.

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