I was sitting on the front porch of our cabin and another visitor took his dog for a walk. The ground squirrels erupted with distress calls. They had watched people and cars go by without so much as a glance but they saw that dog as a threat and so they gave warning with loud chirps to all the other ground squirrels nearby. Five minutes after the dog and its owner went by at least one ground squirrel was still chirping the alarm.
How often in our frenzied lives do we go into ‘alarm mode’ and forget to turn it off. We keep running as fast as we can; living in fear all the while; building the fear; generating fear for others to feel and it in turn moves them towards fear. But we need to remember the words of the biblical angel messengers whose constant refrain was: ‘do not be afraid’. And we need to remember the words of the resurrected Jesus were: ‘Peace be with you.” Let us not be like this ground squirrel and constantly living in fear – let us claim the holy words of the Divine lover of our souls: ‘Do not be afraid’ and ‘Peace be with you.’ Let us live those words and spread those words as a witness to the God who loves us and cares for us.