Be Not Afraid
1. You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst. You shall wander far in safety though you do not know the way. You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand. You shall see the face of God and live.
R. Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come follow me, and I will give you rest.
2. If you pass through raging waters in the sea, you shall not drown. If you walk amid the burning flames, you shall not be harmed. If you stand before the pow'r of hell and death is at your side, know that I am with you through it all.
3. Blessed are your poor, for the kingdom shall be theirs. Blest are you that weep and mourn, for one day you shall laugh. And if wicked men insult and hate you all because of me, blessed, blessed are you!
~Bob Dufford, S.J.
This is one of my favorite hymns. I think of it often when I feel alone in the world. I think of it when all else in my life seems to be in chaos. I think of it when I am scared, anxious or nervous. And as I await the birth of my son, I think of it often as a promise from God to this little unborn soul.
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