“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
These have been the words of my prayers for the past few days. Whether it is to overcome stage fright, awaiting lab results, or reading about the violence in the world, both local and global. These words have served as a balm…kind of.
I say “kind of” because it is not as if saying this Psalm takes away all fear and anxiety. The fear is still there. In my shoulders, in my jaw, in my responses, and in my inactivity. The fear is often still present. But these words remind me where I can place these feelings and where I can place my trust. This temporary release from fear allows me moments of clarity to question what it is I am truly afraid of. Comfort? Things? Pride? Privilege? Respect? Likability?