Our world is a scary place, no doubt. But may we live with the confidence of the psalmist who said, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me” (Psalm 23:4).
Jesus was (and is) always inviting people who live lives in fearful stories to write new and better ones. Love exist on the other side of fear when Jesus is the leader of our life. Baptism is our introduction into God’s story that is being written with love at the center. Through our baptism vows as United Methodist we promise: to renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin, to accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves, and to confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races.
Other words, will you live your life centered on the love of God through faith in Jesus and not from a place of fear? We need to stop with the fear. And we need to let our life story be told from the perspective of love.