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When I’m Afraid

Dear God: When I can’t sleep, the nights are long. Then the dark shadows heighten my fears. Evidently David experienced this. In Psalm 6:6, he says, “I am weary with my sighing; every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears.” Instead of crying I worry. I worry about finances, my health, family members, the future–the list goes on. Most of my worries are irrational and unnecessary, but I do it anyway. Please deliver me from being a pessimistic doubter. Give me the the ability to view my life as a glass half-full, instead of half-empty.

Fear is a human experience that cannot be denied. It happens to everyone. When it creeps into my heart, I can’t flip a switch and make it go away. But with David I can say, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You” (Psalm 56:3). Thank you for making this possible!

In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Rich DuBose writes from Northern California.

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About Rich DuBose

Rich DuBose

is director of Church Support Services for the Pacific Union Conference.

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