To those who are called, loved by God the Father and kept safe by Jesus Christ. May you have more and more mercy, peace, and love.  – Jude 1: 1-2

We live in a time of fear.  Terrorist attacks fill our news feeds.  A refugee crisis grows every day.  How do we soak it all in and how do we respond?

Into this evil and violent world, the Lord speaks these themes again and again and again – mercy, peace, and love.

I love how Jude puts it, “May you have more and more mercy, peace, and love.  Our natural reaction to fear is self-preservation.  For those called by God, we are implored to live beyond our fears, to show mercy, peace, and love in all circumstances.  It sounds simple, but recent events prove living beyond our fears is oh so very difficult.

Here are the questions the Lord is challenging me (us) with today:

  1. What am I afraid of?
  2. What is the right response to fear?
  3. Where can I show mercy, peace, and love beyond my fears?

Prayer:  Lord, listen to your children praying.  Lord, send your Spirit in this place. Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us power, send us grace.  Amen.   (Ken Medema, 1973 Hope Publishing)