Fear What?

Fright:  a sudden, intense feeling of fear.

There’s plenty to go around these days.  You can contract it by watching CSI, Stalker or the closing Dow.  Scare tactics ring the cash register in October for the candy ‘n’ costume makers.

A genuine chill races down your spine with every sickening amber alert.  What can you do to walk on the other side of the street when fear comes to call?  Who is the author of fear?

Our friend Paul, God’s truth-teller, writes, “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.”  One of the most oft-used admonitions throughout the Bible is simply “Fear not!”

Whether it’s Isis, Ebola or Wall Street, here’s another timely tip from Paul:

“Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.  And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.”

Is this merely a Pauline pipedream or a possibility?