Friday, January 12, 2018
Hi There !
As a six year old I had a recurrent "bad dream."
In the dead of night I could sense
the Boogieman slowly coming up
the basement steps to get me.
I filled with fear.
He continued up to the second floor.
My heart was beating wildly.
I was in danger and powerless.
The Boogieman stood at the foot of my bed.
With hypnotic power
he drew me down to the basement
and then tickled me for
a horrendously long time.
I hated it.
Then I would awake terrified,
with my heart still beating wildly.
My Mom listened and cared
as I shared my dreadful fear.
She said that the Boogieman wasn't real,
so he couldn't really hurt me.
That did it.
I decided what to do.
The next time this "bad dream" started,
in my dream I jumped out of bed,
scared almost to death,
and raced down the stairs
right to the basement
and the Boogieman
.Arms on my hips,
I stared right at that Boogieman and said,
"You can't hurt me
because you aren't real !!!"
The Boogieman vanished.
I never had that "bad dream " again.
Ever since I was six years old
I have faced fear and refuse
to be immobilized by it.
I share this
very personal experience
of dealing with fear because
today there is an epidemic of
fear and anxiety among us.
It strangles the spiritual life.
It causes a reactive withdrawal,
it immobilizes so much of our spirit.
There is a lot to fear today for sure.
That we cannot control.
What we can do, though,
is address how we deal
with our fear and anxiety.
In so many ways
our social fabric is shredding.
The edges come undone.
but they also protect.
Their undoing causes fear and anxiety.
Family life is destabilized.
Divorce and remarriage
multiply not so much blended
as forced together tries at family
that in all honesty
often really don't qualify.
With or without marriage involved,
One third of American children,
15 million of them,
are being raised without a father.
Nearly 5 million are being raised without a mother.
( LifeSite News.com - based on the census )
Lots of couples live together
but don't end up staying together.
What bonding holds?
A lot of religion is discredited and discarded.
Too many politicians and government leaders
are a bad mix of playground bullies
and drunken college boys having a mud fight.
What can you count on?
Where are reliable boundaries
to hold things together?
There's more, and it's worse.
The biggest and "baddist" Boogieman
is the fear that the world will end,
and maybe soon.
No, I don't march around
wearing sandwich boards front and back
proclaiming that the world will end
on March 45th. at 15:22 PM.
Two illustrations of this fear
that the world may end
pretty much show what is this
just below the surface,
this down in the basement
of our consciousness,
MSN recently posted a political cartoon
showing an elevator
with words about
nuclear destruction over the doors.
Two little boys trying
to outrun each other were shouting,
"I want to push the button!!"
The little boys were
Kim Jong-un and Donald J. Trump.
The cartoon wasn't even close to funny,
but way to close for comfort.
Talk about boundaries and edges coming undone,
to say nothing of all and everything
Fearful for sure!
Stephen Hawkins is one of
the most respected scientist in the world.
He is a theoretical physicist
and cosmologist at Cambridge University.
He says what holds things together
is not going to hold things together much longer.
Hawkins maintains that our planet has
"reached the point of no return."
( Wired.co.uk )
"If we do not find another planet to live on,
climate change, over population, pandemics
and our warring ways will end us."
( BBC "Expedition New Earth ) .
That's enough to make you wet the bed at night.
the worst in the history
of our planet and our people.
Avoided, they destabilize and immobilize
our spirits and our society.
How do we go down into the basement
and confront the Boogieman?
First off, we need to see that these horrors
are on the surface of our immediate experience.
We and all creation are founded,
based in our very being in the
Energy of the Cosmos and More Beyond Limit.
It has many names:
Existence, Reality, Being, God.
It's not going away nor are we.
We may make ourselves and others suffer,
even destroy society and Mother Earth
in their present forms,
but Existence, Reality, Being, God
and that includes us.
The ancient Israelites got that
and relied on that in all their troubles:
"...do not fear
for I am with you,
do not be afraid,
for I am your God;
I will strengthen you,
I will help you,
I will uphold you
with my victorious hand."
( Isaiah 41:19 )
Jesus scoped out the scene:
" I am sending you out
like sheep in the midst of wolves.
Be wise as a serpent
and guileless as a dove."
( Matthew 10:10 )
That was so
a lot of yesterdays ago.
It's so today.
In other words,
be street smart, soul simple,
and just keep going.
More than any other words
Jesus used in the Gospels are
have to do with "Fear not."
A few examples.
"Fear not little flock
for it is your Father's good pleasure
to give you the kingdom."
( Luke 12: 32 )
"Do not fear,
( Mark 5:36 )
"So do not be afraid.
You are of more value
than many sparrows."
( Matthew 10:31 0
"Peace I leave you;
my peace I give you...
Do not let your hearts be troubled,
and do not let them be afraid."
( John 14:27 )
We have next to no control over
the evil powers of this world
- the wolves.
We are empowered in Jesus
to be free from fear,
We can face down
The Boogieman of Fear knowing
it isn't the real deal,
it isn't the last word.as we say,
"You can't hurt me, because you aren't real."
So freed, we can live
in the midst of mess
deeply, fully, responsibly, spiritually
The Christian scriptures end
with the admission of human trouble
and the assurance of divine integration:
"Then I saw a new heaven
and a new earth:
for the first heaven
and the first earth had passed away,
and the sea was no more.
And I saw the holy city,
the new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride
adorned for her husband.
And I head a loud voice
from the throne saying,
'See, the home of God
is among mortals.
He will dwell with them
as their God;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself
will be with them;
he will wipe away
every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain
will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.'
And the one seated on the throne said,
' See, I am making all thing new.' "
( Revelation 21: 1- 5 )
Bye, bye Boogieman!!!
See you next week.
In God's Dear Love,
at 6:00 AM