Antidote to Fear

Antidote to Fear

I could see it in the way he walked
As he shouldered through the cafe door;

scanned the room and spied the stool
at the counter next to me.
I smiled, nodded resigned myself
to the next hour;
of listening to complaint, his fear, his story.
I was good with that
until the preacher on the TV
over my shoulder caught his eye, his ear,
and shifted his refrain.
The words he heard as prophesy,
were nothing but a gospel of fear
from a charlatan
spreading his poison across the land:
0ffering bowls of anxious pottage,
My heritage, for his own gain.

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom
And truth
And Jesus proof
God is compassion.
And in that love it’s clear
that perfect love casts out fear.

Then my friend began to echo
the word that he was hearing:
How our nation is a victim
And he a victim too;
trade wars, loose borders,
terrorists- those foreigners
And all those liberals
destroying our country.
It never crossed his mind
that I might not agree.
And yet I held my tongue:
Not wishing to offend:
Knowing my own privilege
my comfort, my illusion of control.
But wondering if my silence
Was selling out my soul.

Not fear, but love is with us
marking our pathway clear
that perfect love that’s for us
is the perfect love that casts out fear.

Now there are other stories
As I recall
Other words of ancient prophesy
Righteousness and justice
Are a nations call,
For the people, the sojourner, the refugee.
There’s a woman great with child
knocking at my inn
God’s own son was
secured in Egypt’s foreign land.
The man seeking asylum,
though of a different skin
is my brother, my savior
should I not let him in.
There are children fleeing violence
Knocking at my door.
There’s a man who sits beside me
bound in chains of fear.
There’s a soul that rests within me
in full humanity:
all seeking the same thing –
belonging, hope, security.

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom
And truth
And Jesus proof
God is compassion.
And in that love it’s clear
that perfect love casts out fear.
Not fear, but love is with us
marking our pathway clear
that perfect love that’s for us
is the perfect love that casts out fear.

-Written and Performed by Dale Dorrell

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