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Fear In America


Last updated 2/1/2021 at 3:08pm

Why have we become so afraid of each other? What has given rise to the present state of fear that has in some cases spilled over into paranoia?

Just know that whenever we humans are in the grips of fear we cannot only think straight but we cannot see or hear straight. We cannot see or hear each other when we are afraid. Fear is a dark force that twists all reality back into a void. Unchecked, this fear leads to hatred and hatred hardens the heart.

The vital question for every American is this: What am I afraid of? Who am I afraid of? Am I afraid of the color of another person’s skin? Am I afraid of someone whose religion is different from mine? Am I afraid of those whose lifestyle differs from mine? Am I afraid of death or am I really more afraid of life and living?

We are here on this planet but for a brief time and then we are gone. We can make the best of this short life we live or we can make the worst of it – not only for ourselves but for our children and our children’s children. We can build a nation of fear and hate or we can join in a great labor of love and create a bright, shining star for the world to see.

It is up to each of us to “fight the good fight” to hold onto hope no matter how dark it gets. It is up to each of us to choose the path of love and compassion and with determination and faith in God, walk that path even when it leads through the “valley of the shadow of death.”

My prayer for all the people of America is that God would guide us through these tumultuous and divisive times to the place of healing, wholeness, love and compassion.

I believe in my heart of hearts that love is the most powerful force in the universe and it will and can overcome all the fear and hate that this world brings to it. Do not be afraid. Face whatever fear or hate comes to you with the firm belief that the love you have in your heart will conquer.

Rev. Ernest L. Mills



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