we are gripped by fear everyday.
fear of price increase of everyday needs.
fear of war outbreak in the middle east.
fear of radioactive contamination in the east coast.
fear of losing political power in putrajaya.
in hospital, the managers fear for declining profits.
the doctors fear for declining patient numbers.
the heads of dept fear for nurses shortage.
and, the patients fear for their medical condition & their ability to pay the bills. on the operating table, they fear for the outcome of their surgery. whenever i sense such fear in the patients, i try to reassure them. if they believe in God, i offer a prayer for them. if they are muslims, i invite a muslim colleague to berucap with them. & of course, if they have a request for a prayer item, eg. from a medium or temple, that they want to keep close to, i'm more than happy to accede.
after all, i think there's no greater fear than the fear of the unknown.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
psalms 91:5,6, 9-11