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May
21

Blessed Assurance

Poor Rosie the dog.

You see, yesterday was trash pick-up day on our cul-de-sac. Actually, because of the goofy way the city of Fort Collins does business, yesterday was one of THREE weekly trash pick-up days on our tiny eight house cul-de-sac. 

And I say “Poor Rosie the dog” because our little Rosie has a deathly fear of garbage trucks…

… and UPS trucks…

… and open umbrellas.

And so, whenever we happen to experience a rainy trash day, with multiple UPS deliveries, Joan and I have a very frightened, trembling Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier on our hands. 

We try reasoning with her, explaining that the trash trucks aren’t going to get her, the UPS trucks are just bringing useful or fun gifts to people, and the umbrellas are providing important protection from the rain.

But Rosie doesn’t buy it… not for a minute.

All she wants is to be held and petted and calmly reassured that everything is going to be all right. 

I can SO identify!

Not that I have a similar fear of garbage trucks, UPS trucks, and open umbrellas, mind you.

But I do find myself wondering and worrying now and then about Big Scary Things Out There that I don’t understand. These are worries that – if I am not careful – can blossom into Serious Threats to My Safety in the cauldron of my fevered imagination. 

I’m talking about things like global pandemics…

  • … and terrorists… (both the foreign AND the domestic kind).
  • … and perpetrators of random, senseless violence.
  • … and power-mad politicians. 

And just like Rosie and her fear of garbage trucks, I am sure most of my trepidation is based on the NOISEthat comes from these sources rather than from the actual DANGER they pose. 

Also, like Rosie, my biggest need in these moments is to feel a pair of strong, loving arms wrapped around me and to hear a calm reassuring voice telling me that everything is going to be OK.

If that happens to be YOUR need right now (or ever), let me help you hear the sounds of the voice that speaks to me in moments of uncertainty and trepidation. This voice says things like…

  • “I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.” (Psalm 3:6, NRSV)
  • “Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea…”(Psalm 46:2, NRSV)
  • So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10, NRSV)
  • “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27, NRSV)
  • “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” (Romans 8:15, NRSV)

In a moment of fear, we each seek out some kind of assurance. And when that assurance comes from a source we trust, we let go of our fears and relax…

… just like Rosie the dog. 

Today I am grateful that my assurance comes from a source I know I can trust completely.

And the really, really Good News is: so can YOU!

Abundant blessings;


2 Responses to “Blessed Assurance”


  1. May 31, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    And the really, really Good News is: so can YOU!

    Um… no: no, I can’t. I’m happy that you believe that to be true, and I’m glad that faith enables some to allay their fears… but I’m unable to believe as you do.

    (I hesitate before pressing ‘Post Comment’, as the maxim “If you can’t say something kind, say nothing at all” is a good one; but on the other hand I’m compelled to push back against your assertion.)

  2. June 12, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    A line from one of my favorite “no fear” songs–“the God of angel armies has set encampments around me. Whom shall I fear?”


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