Mental Health Awareness Week 2018: Whom Shall I Fear?
Over the course of this Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, we have stared fear in the face. We have looked at the way fear threatens us in the way we stress about exams. We have looked at the way fear is weakened in the face of encouraging sisters in Christ. We have acknowledged how terrifying today’s world can be, and we’ve delved into Scripture for refuge and courage. The poem below, based on Psalm 27, is a beautiful picture of everything we have read, learned and prayed this week. Take a moment to just listen to God through this poem. Love, Abby x
In a world that is held in such deep darkness
where the light of truth often seems more of a flicker than a flame
in a world where deceit, dishonesty, falsehood and foolishness
divert and destroy the lives of so many,
in times when a myriad voices say so much about so many things,
where confusion seems readily available and clarity seems hard to find,
in a world where opinions rise to a place where only truth should be,
and every voice seems to get an equal hearing,
in the constant cacophony of ten thousand contradictory voices,
it is a wonderful and amazing thing to be able to say
with rest and confidence, the Lord is my Light!
My heart has been lit by the illuminating and protective glory
of His powerful and transforming grace,
my mind has been renewed by the luminescent presence,
of His truth-guiding Holy Spirit,
and my life has been guided down straight paths
by the ever-shining lamp of His Word,
I am not afraid, but it is not because I have power or position.
I am not afraid, but it is not because I have health or wealth.
I am not afraid, but it is not because my circumstances or relationships are easy.
I am not afraid for one glorious reason:
I have been lit by the Lord of Light.
In the darkness of this fallen world, I no longer walk in the night,
I have been given the Light of Life.
I am not afraid because Light lives in me.
This one amazing reality gives me rest;
I have been rescued from darkness and transported into the light
and I am not afraid.
Paul David Tripp, A Shelter in a Time of Storm.