As we welcome Patricia Adams Farmer as a new author at Energion Publications, I invite you to take a look at her most recent blog post: Fear: Not My Favorite Spiritual Companion. Come to think of it, fear is not my favorite companion either. But it can be a blessing as well as a curse.
As Rev. Farmer says:
Fear is not my favorite spiritual companion. But I have to remind myself that fear is not evil in itself, only when it becomes attached to irrational and evil idea — like fear of the “other” that leads to prejudice and hate. Sometimes fear is simply here to protect us, like it did for our ancestors who knew when to run for safety from what Oz’s nervous Scarecrow only imagined as “lions and tigers and bears — oh my!”PATRICIAADAMSFARMER.com
Watch here for news of her forthcoming title in the Topical Line Drives series.
What does it mean to have the power to become a child of God? How is this power reflected? How do we embrace this power for ourselves and our congregations? Surely when we open to divine possibility, new energies emerge in our lives; we become more creative and hospitable; we are freed from the solitary self to join with God’s ubiquitous and dynamic self, flowing in and through all creation. Let us open to divine power and ask God to guide our use of it as God’s companions in bringing joy to the world!