There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18
This is a challenging passage to me. If there's no fear in love and I'm afraid of what could happen in the future, then something is deficient in my love for God or my understanding and enjoyment of God's love for me. The primary focus of the passage is on wrongly being afraid of God's punishment when Christ has already dealt with what we deserve in dying for us on the cross. But, I think there's a broader application. According to Scripture, God rules over every circumstance in our lives for good, and if we're afraid of the future, we either don't understand the depths of God's love for us or we're not embracing and enjoying it in faith. Lord, I pray that I could "have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that [I could] be filled with all the fullness of God" (Eph 3:18-19).
I wish there were something that would cast out grief.
Ian continues to make very tiny steps of progress. Recently, Mary was feeding him pizza all chopped up finely with some cheesecake flavored pudding for dessert. He didn't eat much, but it was more than he had eaten in one sitting prior to that.
Thank you for your prayers.