Not Fear But Love
I am grateful to God - whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did - when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self discipline. 2 Timothy 1: 3-7 (NRSV)
Nancy R. Meyer lives in Nebraska. For 45 years she has been friends with a woman from Turkey who is Muslim. Her husband came to the U.S. for medical school, and they now live in Istanbul. Nancy's friend and Nancy have prayed for each other and their families for many years. Nancy and her family have visited them in Turkey, and Berrin and her family have come to Nebraska to visit several times.
Recently, Berrin was told she has cancer. Nancy wishes she could be with her to help. Because of Nancy's own health issues, she can't travel that far anymore. At times her fears for Berrin are overwhelming.
In Nancy's prayer time, she has read and read the words from 2 Timothy above. When she mediates on these words, she likes to picture her prayer requests at the feet of Jesus. This practice helps her calm her fears and keeps her trust in Jesus. She writes several of her favorite verses on a card. Then she tucks them into her Bible so that she reads them first. In so doing she is able to begin her Bible reading and prayer in a more peaceful and trusting way.
Nancy loves her dear friend Berrin. She knows God loves her too. Nancy can rest assured that Berrin is in God's healing arms, and so Nancy is at peace. We can all find calm amidst our fears when we put our trust in God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to entrust those we love to Your care, in Jesus' name, amen.