The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?
Whom shall I fear? Shall I make you a list?
I fear for our country, and it’s rejection of the Biblical values of caring for the least of these, welcoming the stranger and embracing the other.
I fear for my daughter, whom I thought was going to inherit a world where women were equal with men, but who will have to fight just as hard (if not harder) than I have.
I fear for the young men of color I see in the halls of my daughter’s school. Goofy, sweet, handsome and hulking young men who face being feared, targeted and harmed because of the color of their skin.
I fear for the future of the church in a time where places of worship that preach hate and judgement are growing, and those who preach love and acceptance are struggling to keep the doors open.
I fear for my spirit–that it will grow bitter and angry and slightly crazed in the midst of a country ruled by an accused sex offender who uses social media to hurl insults at colleagues, citizens and world leaders.
I fear all of these things, so I’m sticking with God. My strength, my shield and my salvation. For it’s a sure thing that I cannot face these fears on my own.
I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living
I will take courage
I will not quit
I will resist
In the arms of a God who will not give up on me and nor ever let me go.
–Rev. Anne Russ