Even the word scares us, it’s always so near,
like a shadow that follows, no comfort, no cheer.

What is it source, did it start with the fall,
as the serpent beguiled them and erected the wall.

When walking with God they had nothing to fear,
knowing the loving Father always was near.

But sin entered the world and with it a mess,
kicked out of the garden, their souls couldn’t rest.

Fear began in the garden as they cowered and hid
making clothes out of leaves to conceal what they did.

It’s hard facing the future when God’s not around
and with independence came evil and fear did abound.

Now Adam’s working the dirt from which he was made
and birthing children into the world now includes pain.

And shame, blame and fear all came with man’s fall
and the shock and the tragedy has effected us all.

With God not walking with them and the sorrow that brought,
they started blaming each other, all alone with their thoughts.

Fear entered their lives knowing death lay ahead,
as God had so warned them if they failed to obey.

Part of man’s problem has been going it alone,
forgetting Adam tried it at the cost of his home.

So we try all the harder, we work ourselves sick,
but looking over our shoulder we ain’t changed a lick.

Fears in the background, we’ve not done enough,
stay at it, keep trying, you must never give up.

And so we keep striving to be and do good,
though it’s obvious we can’t for we would if we could.

Fear’s knowing you’ve failed, throwing in the towel,
you simply can’t do it and judgment awaits.

Man innately knows something just isn’t right,
his life doesn’t matter and that’s simply his plight.

But thanks be to Jesus who paid for our sins
and invites us to join Him as His Spirit moves in.

Now our courage’s in a God who simply can’t fail,
and the serpent was defeated when Jesus took all our nails.

And with Him we notice that our bondage and fear
have been replaced by courage, joy and real cheer.

And true courage is simply doing what’s right,
like killing the giant with a stone at first light.

Courage is to faith as fear goes with death,
one involves trusting, the other regret.

So if we died with Jesus as He defeated the grave,
we’ve been raised to new life by the love we’ve all craved,

and there’s absolutely no reason to fall back in fear,
our courage comes from Jesus and He’s always right here.

Mason Swinney

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About menmourningmoments

I'm happily married, the Father of 2 sons and 2 daughters and 4 beautiful grandchildren. Death is all around us but somehow we've managed to distance ourselves from it. Men, Mourning, Moments is about how the death of my son awakened me to life & the desire to seize every moment as though it were my last. It's about making sense of life in the good times and bad and allowing GOD to carry me and teach me through the hard times in life.
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6 Responses to Fear

  1. Susan Jones says:

    Real good Mason. See what you’ve been doing since bird left!

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. The benefits of getting up at 4 AM.


  3. Christina says:

    This is a great one Mason!!! Thank you for sharing!! Love ya!


  4. Thanks Tina, love you to.


  5. Jill Edwards says:

    Wow Mason, I can’t believe the words that come together in your writing to make beautiful sentences/thoughts! Love reading your stuff! It always gives me something to contemplate on!


  6. Thanks Jill your kind words came at a much needed time.


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