Fear is a terrible thing, God.

 

So many people have been scapegoated and injured

just because we are afraid of difference;

We pray for them now

 

So many go hungry

just because we are afraid of not having enough;

We pray for them now

 

So many have been abused and displaced

just because we are afraid of powerlessness;

We pray for them now

 

So many have been turned away from Your life

just because we are afraid of being judged ourselves;

We pray for them now

 

Forgive us for giving our fear such power;

Teach us the faith of the sparrow,

Teach us the love that drives out fear,

And teach us to stop clinging to our lives,

but to find life by giving ourselves up for Your kingdom.

Amen.

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