No fear
John 16: 1- 15: "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come."
 
Today, Friday the 13th, must be a terrible day for people who suffer from triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13). For some reason that number, especially when it falls on a Friday, gives people the tendency to blame something for misfortune.
 
I believe that we cling to such superstition because it allows us to think the negative circumstances of this life are not maddeningly random. We crave causation because it gives us a sense that we can control what happens to us. If we can see something negative as caused by something else--even a superstition--then we believe we can prevent its happening again.
 
When Jesus spoke to his disciples about “things...you cannot bear...now,” perhaps he spoke of the times when we cannot understand how a loving God could let pain and suffering happen. The Holy Spirit draws us, in this lifetime, into the ways that are eternal: the ways of loving God and others. When we find the eternal woven into the mortal, we live without fear, because we know that whatever befalls us is not permanent. That’s what I believe.
 
But I certainly could be wrong. It is Friday the 13th, after all.
 

Psalms 16, 17; Exodus 16: 23- 36; 1 Peter 3: 13- 4: 6
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