and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2:15 NIV
The eight-year-old boy slid down off the horse. He could see the house across the freshly plowed field, but his parents were nowhere in sight. To continue his ride, he needed to cross a patch of the plowed field. But he knew by experience that this horse did not like the unstable footing. Not wanting the horse to throw him off, the small boy decided to lead the horse across. He was doing well, but he needed to concentrate on his own footing in the deep ruts. Suddenly he realized that the horse was already spooked and was overtaking him in its hurry to reach solid ground. The boy held tight on the reins so he did not lose the animal. But, feeling the weight, the horse kicked. The two hind hooves hit the young boy in the chest and sent him flying backward onto the rough ground. It knocked the wind out of him and he thought for the first time in his life that he was going to die. Are we afraid of death?
The fear of death is a part of life. Everyone will have moments where they must face up to the fear of it. But those who have truly met and walked with our Savior can wake up to a marvelous peace. Jesus Christ offers us a hope. We can remain always with Him. No danger, no pain ever needs to threaten us to the point of losing that hope. The fear of death loses its sting when the One the grave cannot hold walks with our hand in His. Would we like to overcome our fear of death? Shall we seek our Savior too?
Overwhelm us with the peace that comes from knowing You! Let our hearts soar knowing that we will always be with You and not even death will keep us apart, we pray!