Be Not Afraid

A post from Louise Brooks:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
(John 14:27 ESV)

The power went out at our house the other night. ZAP! A blink and we were done. Add to that limb after limb crashing down in our yard and on our roof. CRACK! THUD! My first response was fear. Yup. Me. A grown woman. Fear. I wandered around the house gathering candles and matches and dim flashlights, all the while singing a preschool Bible memory verse song to myself – “Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid. Your prayer has been heard. Your prayer has been heard. Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid. Luke 1:13. Luke 1:13.” (Sing it to the tune of “Frere Jacques.”) It gave me peace and comfort to sing that silly song. I knew that even though there was darkness all around me, I was still plugged in to the One who keeps me safe. Jesus. The One who brings me peace. The One who “give[s] light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78) The One who rescues. Are you plugged in?