I recognize the feelings behind Jacob’s prayer in my own life. God has shown kindness and faithfulness to me throughout my life, despite all the times that I mess up. I am humbled by God’s acceptance of me just as I am and God’s desire for me to grow toward perfect love of God and neighbor. I know that I am on a lifelong journey and that God’s will continue to be faithful, even when I may be unfaithful to God.
I appreciate the second question from the GPS today as well. There are certainly times in my life when I am fearful and experience anxiety. Sometimes it is reasonable for me to experience these feelings and sometimes my own imagination conjures up scenarios that are not very likely, yet can still grab hold of me and cause fear. I do not believe that fear shows a lack of faith. It is a very real feeling that can be elicited by circumstances in our life. When I do feel frightened, I try to take a deep breath and be intentional about seeking to breath in God’s spirit. I remind myself that God is with me in all circumstances in life and that there is nothing that can separate me from the love of God. I ask for God’s guidance and peace in my life in prayer and set about facing whatever it is that has caused me to be fearful.
With God’s help, I can live in the certainty of God’s love that overcomes fear.