No Need to Be Afraid

Have you ever been afraid at night? I remember seeing a movie when I was a child called “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” For some weeks after, as I lie in bed waiting for sleep to come, I would look at the shadows made by the curtains in the window and imagine that the evil creature was lurking there!

St. Peter says that there are fallen angels who want to take away our peace and our devotion to God. Today, St. Peter uses a strong image—that the Devil is like a roaring lion seeking someone to eat up! Now this fact is not meant to scare us, but instead, to have us believe in the power of God that is even stronger than these evil forces. So when you are about to fall asleep—and of course at other times of the day and night—turn your thoughts to the power of God which is much, much greater than any evil force. Open your arms as you run into God’s presence. God’s arms are open to receive you so that you can sleep and rest with God

1 Peter 5:6-11

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Breathing out my fears to You v. 7
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

This is the Third Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north.  Year C
Thursdays in this season are dedicated to the the letters of Peter

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…