I was blessed to attend an annual women's retreat this past weekend, with an awesome group of women from my church. The theme of the retreat weekend was 'Can You Hear Me Now' and focused on what we can do to hear God's voice. The verse that seemed to really grab a lot of the women was
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Fear is real. Fear is all too present, all too often. In the wake of yesterday's tragic events in Boston, fear will resonate with so many, invading their very lives. There is an answer to this fear, a counter to fear. God's perfect love. It casts out all fear. Fear does NOT come from God, rather it can keep us from hearing God, and His will for our lives.
Father God, we ask that you would enter into the chaos in Boston in a powerful way, casting out all fear, anxiety and panic. Replace it with your perfect love, bringing peace, comfort and healing to all those who are hurting.
Romans 8:6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.