The Unreasonableness of Fear
by Chris Tiegreen
"Dad, I think somebody's in my room!"
That was my son's cry at age 5, and it was easily calmed by turning on the light and demonstrating how the ceiling fan can blow a curtain in such a way that it might look, in the dark and out of the corner of one's eye, like a person moving. But the fears get more complex as the years go by, and they are less easily alleviated.
Not too long ago, this same son went through a pretty severe anxious phase. He would constantly ask for reassurance: "Am I going to get sick today? Will I be able to go to sleep tonight? What if I don't feel well at school? What if . . ." And no matter how much his mother and I promised him everything would be fine, no matter how clearly we spelled out how irrational his fears were, his heart would not be settled. He held on to his anxieties tightly; or, rather, they held on to him.
Nearly all parents...
This month, please pray for the following:
- Pray for the ongoing development of Chosen, our upcoming small group resource on the life of Mary.
- Pray for the launch of Detour in the Philippines. The strategic city of Davao City launches on Aug. 15.
- Pray for the continued translation work of God's Grand Story in new languages around the globe.
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