Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 16, 2013

Belief is antidote for fear

— When the ghost of the future visited Scrooge, he trembled and said, “Ghost of the future, I fear you more than any specter that I have seen.”  

Many people identify with Scrooge’s fear of the future. Fear of the unknown is a common trait.

I am writing to report that it is not necessary to be afraid. I know an antidote.

When the ghost of the future seeped through my door I said, “Get thee hence — I am not afraid of you. Before the sound of my voice died down, he was gone.

Here is the prescription, which I have found helpful.

God is my strength, a very  present help in time of trouble, therefore, I will not fear, even though the earth has convulsions. (Stalter  translation of the 46th Psalm) To which I add: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1. Belief is the antidote for fear. I highly recommend it.

— John D. Stalter