Scripture: Psalm 27
Key verse: (1)
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
Reflection: Fear of failure. Fear of the future. Fear of school shootings. Fear of not getting into college. Fear and anxiety are the foundation for many in Generation Z. Those born around the year 2000 until today are the most anxious generation, Gen Z. We see rising levels of mental health problems in the classroom and church. There’s far less agreement on what, exactly, is driving this but fear is present.
When I was in high school, I am not sure I had a lot of fears. I am pretty sure I would say I was not afraid of anything or anyone. That is the story I have told myself but it is not the true story. Psalm 27: 1 was the verse I memorized for confirmation. Throughout high school, I repeated it when I was stressed or anxious. It brought me comfort and gave me hope. It still gives me comfort so many years later, probably because I needed it during some years that were hard.
It is the verse I go to when I find my heart racing for any number of reasons today.
I know it is not just young people who have deep fears. Let us claim the Psalmist’s declaration that the Lord is our light, our salvation, our stronghold, our confidence and our Savior. This is our hope. This is our strength. This is our confidence.
Prayer: You are my light and my salvation, help me not to be afraid. Afraid of failing or being really seen. You are the stronghold of my life. Move with me into this day. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].