Nothing to Fear

December 3, 2021

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? —Psalm 27:1

I was in the communion line, processing up at the Sunday evening mass as we sang a version of this psalm. It was about an hour before I was going to buy a pregnancy test at Safeway. My husband was behind me in line, and I could hear him singing too. I was fairly sure I was pregnant, and I was excited. I wasn’t afraid, exactly, but I had a feeling I would be if I really understood what it meant to bring a child into the world. It helped to hear these reassuring lyrics: “The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear?”

There are more than enough things to fear in this world; on a macro and a micro-level. But I wonder how we would live differently if we looked these things squarely in the face while reminding ourselves that the Lord is our light and our salvation and we have nothing and no one to fear. How might we be freed to move forward if we weren’t held back by fear?

For prayer: Read the full text of Psalm 27, perhaps multiple times, lingering over any verses that particularly strike you. Let the words of the psalmist be your prayer today.