March 15, 2016 on 10:50 am | By | In Faith & Forgiveness | 1 Comment

The most difficult challenge I’ve taken on is to learn how to lay down my sword. You see, we live in a flawed, fallen world, one filled with danger. As a result, many people I know are filled to the brim with fear and anxiety; they live their lives cautious, wary, ready to strike first or run fast.  Gotta be, right?  (Aye, there be dragons on land and sea serpents in the deep.)


Many of us awake in the morning with a start, fearful of a long list of dangers: We are afraid we’ll never be quite good enough. (Of what?  Fill in the blank.)  We’re afraid that we’ll fail at something or everything.  (Again, fill in the blank.)  We’re afraid we’ll be hurt in our relationships, that we’ll look foolish or thought foolish, that we’ll be late for work, fired from work, be discovered to know a whole lot less than we want people to believe, or that our secret sins will be uncovered.


Me? Given to believe I was never quite good enough, I lived in fear. My compensation?  I got tough.  Very tough.  Borderline mean.  I swung a broad sword and cut a wide swath wherever and whenever threatened (sometimes, whenever approached – better to strike first and ask questions later).


Meanwhile, God watched over me, quietly guided and protected me. And over time, a funny thing happened.  The more I lay down my sword, the more I began to trust that God not only loved me, but that he had everything covered, and the smaller my fears became.  These days, though occasionally I still awake with a start and reach for my old, trusty sword, I find that I am increasingly able to leave it rusting in the corner of my past.


My point:  I let God heal me of my fears … and He did. And you? Just say, “Here I am Lord,” and He will do the rest.  He can make you joyful, peace-filled, free or fear and anxiety.  Just ask.  Oh, and then remember to say “Thank you, Lord.” After all, God is in the miracle business, the transformation business.  And if He can change me, he can change anyone.  Anyone.  – jri


I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.

     He freed me from all my fears.

Those who look to him for help will be

          radiant with joy;

     no shadow of shame will darken their


                           — Psalm 34: 4-5



Trusting God was not easy for me at first. Even today, Jesus and I sometimes have fairly blunt conversations when things do not go quite as I had planned, and I strike out in doubt, fear, anger.  I remember when I first began trying to open up to God, to let Him in.  I felt like the wolf, Two Socks, in the Kevin Costner film, Dances With Wolves, pacing warily just out of John Dunbar’s reach.  I even told Jesus once:  “You didn’t tame me.  I let you touch me.”  But touch me He did.  Thank you, Lord.  Amen.


John Ingrisano

DailyConnections March 15, 2016

1 Comment

  1. Really like this

    Comment by Jeanne Ravan — March 16, 2016 #

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