“It Is I; Do Not Be Afraid”
Help us, Lord, to be alert for your comings to us, be they in expected and conventional ways or in unexpected and unconventional ways.
Keep us from missing you from inattention when you come in expected and conventional ways; shield us from missing you from confusion when you come in unexpected and unconventional ways.
And regardless of the circumstances out of which or in which you come to us, empty us of fear and fill us with joyful anticipation of and encouragement at your coming.
“And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost.’ And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” (Matthew 14:25-27)