Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NRSV

Thought

When your loved one dies, grief suggests that every other experience in life may have a worst-case outcome. Is this the ordinary fear of doubt and insecurity or the learned conditioning of grief? With the death of your loved one, you may lose the mastery of your emotional equilibrium for a while; but you can respond with courage to God’s charge: do not fear, do not be afraid.

Prayer

God, I claim your strength and your help as my own. Uphold me with your victorious right hand until I am at last free of my fears. Amen.

Assurance

When my fear is defeated, my self-confidence is restored.

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