Outgrowing Fear

The verdict of the ages is that faith means courage. All men of faith have courage. They trust their God. We never apologize for God. Instead we let Him demonstrate, through us, what He can do. We ask Him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what He would have us be. At once, we commence to outgrow fear. ~ Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition (Kindle Locations 1099-1101). A.A. World Services, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

“Are ye able,” said the Master,
“To be crucified with me?”
“Yea,” the sturdy dreamers answered,
“To the death we follow thee.”
Lord, we are able, Our spirits are thine.
Remold them, make us, Like thee, divine.
Thy guiding radiance Above us shall be
A beacon to God, To love and loyalty.
Fifty years ago I attended the college
Sunday school class. Mary, the woman who led us,
had a strong solo voice, someone who
was heard no matter how large the crowd.
She usually didn’t sing “Are You Able?”
because she believed it to be arrogant.
When necessary (when she was before
the crowd,) she amended the words to,
“Lord, MAKE US able, Our spirits are thine.
Remold them, make us, Like thee, divine.
Thy guiding radiance Above us shall be
A beacon to God, To love and loyalty.”
Mary sis not apologize for God,
though certainly TO God for our foibles
but she would recognize as I do the power
of God to make us who we can be,
the power to aid us in outgrowing fear!

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