Going for a walk in our neighborhood with my wife, with our rural mountain beauty all around…
still I keep my mask on tight, now they can’t kill me, and
I go on ’round them, step around their bleeding painfilled hearts, and
as his smile shouts soundless pleas for help, “Help me” he waves, and
his unmasked face is wanting us to stop on over, and
I’m careful to walk by him on the other side, not close, and
wonder why I feel a twang of guilt from my toughened, hard hard heart, and
leave behind a scared and lonely, helpless sheep I hear and see, and
sometimes feel for, as they struggle through their hopeless day, and
know they have no answer to their plight, and
they care not, seek not for an answer, as they wallow in despair, and
on and on it goes, this “journey [ I ] must travel, with a deep consciousness of God….”
“Your life is a journey you must travel
with a deep consciousness of God.
It cost God plenty
to get you out of that dead-end,
empty-headed life you grew up in.
He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know.
He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb….”
– 1 Peter 1:18-21 The Message (MSG)
Fear not: Daniel 6:26; Ecclesiastes 3:14; Psalm 27:3; Acts 2:25; Psalm 112:7; Psalm 46:2; Psalm 56:4; Proverbs 3:25; Isaiah 8:12; Isaiah 51:7; Romans 8:15; 2 Timothy 1:7; Hebrews 10:35; Revelation 2:10; 1 John 1:9; Romans 3:22-24; John 3:16
4 “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have nothing more that they can do. 5 But I will point out to you whom you should fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority and power to hurl [you] into hell; yes, I say to you, [stand in great awe of God and] fear Him! 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? Yet not one of them has [ever] been forgotten in the presence of God. 7 Indeed the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not be afraid; you are far more valuable than many sparrows.
8 “I say to you, whoever declares openly and confesses Me before men [speaking freely of Me as his Lord], the Son of Man also will declare openly and confess him [as one of His own] before the angels of God. 9 But he who denies Me before men will be denied in the presence of the angels of God.
2 Peter 1:2-11
“… 3 For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises [of inexpressible value]….”