Do Not Fear

Isaiah 41:10New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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.

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

This passage kind of struck me today as so many people I know are struggling with some issue or another; someone they love is dying; their health is failing; they need wisdom for some situation… I find this passage comforting. May you find comfort in this passage too, for you are not alone; your God is with you!

Jesus the Servant

Holy Week is just around the corner, and I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with the scripture passage about Jesus’ washing His disciples’ feet. I am reminded of a song that we sing in our choir entitled “The Servant Song.” The song is quite beautiful and moving. (For copyright reasons, I cannot quote you the exact words.) Kevin and I had sung it a number of times before we learned that this song is sometimes sung at weddings. We truly had not thought of it being used in that way, but we realized how appropriate it was. The song asks if you will let me be your servant, be as Christ to you. Then the composer asks for the grace to let others serve him. It tells how we travel this earthly journey together, and we are here to help each other in whatever way that we can. We can encourage others, give them comfort in their fear. It speaks of sharing our joys, fears, sorrows and laughter until we’ve seen our earthly journey through.

It’s very humbling to have someone else do things for us, to let them ‘serve’ us. It requires swallowing our pride. Do you recall St. Peter’s reaction to Christ washing his feet? At first, he wouldn’t let Jesus do it. Only after Christ explained why He was doing it did Peter let Him. Will we let others serve us when it is appropriate and needed or will we be stubborn and prideful, deny others the opportunity? Christ never meant us to walk this life alone. That’s why He gave us each other. So, let’s walk the journey together as companions, travelers on the road of life.

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams