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Jen Pollock Michel

( author + writer + speaker )

When you're afraid

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I woke this morning. The first words I heard were these: surely goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life. These are words to anchor us whenever tomorrow is uncertain, whenever fear breathes hot at our neck.

And they are words not only of promise meant for me to clutch and hoard; they are words of calling, God breathing life into the dust of these bones.

Always, be the blessing you receive.

"The story of the manna gathered and set aside by the Hebrews is deeply significant. It so happened that the manna rotted when it was kept. And perhaps this means that all spiritual reading which is not consumed - by prayer and by words - ends by causing a sort of rotting inside us. You die with a head full of fine sayings and a perfectly empty heart." - Julian Green, Diaries

Choose goodness and mercy, in your closest, most intimate relationships - even marriage on days when you feel bruised by misunderstanding, want simply to wallow in the mud of your self-pity. Choose goodness and mercy, saying sorry like you mean it, giving away full and free forgiveness.

Choose goodness and mercy because this is the topography of God's landscape, and there is no better place to put your feet.