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In the shelter of God's love...
Written By Sara E. Clark
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear." —1 John 4:18a
When faced with frightening situations, we often take amazing precautions to keep our loved ones and ourselves safe from perceived dangers.
If living along a coast during hurricane season, we stock up on food, store water, and board up our windows. In earthquake territory, similar safety measures are followed. In 1999, we worried incessantly that computers around the world would shut down when the clock struck 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2000. In the 1950s and '60s, fears of nuclear war spurred a building boom of fallout shelters in basements and under backyards.
However, Martin Luther King, Jr., living in that time of fear during the Cold War, encouraged us that "We need not join the mad rush to purchase an earthly fallout shelter. God is our eternal fallout shelter."
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your love, which is the only shelter I'll ever need. It is active in me - strengthening me and driving away my fears. Help me to love others fearlessly with the same love that you have for me. Amen.
Reflection: How does God's love help to calm your fears? How does God's love in you help you to calm the fears of others?