At Ease in the Face of Fear
Robin Melvin’s husband, Jeff, was about to be deployed to a war zone.
We lingered … in silent tears and embraces. Knowing it might be our last moments together made words seem urgent, yet they seemed so weak in expressing what our hearts already knew: commitment, fidelity, endurance.
As we sat … Jeff pulled a book from his backpack. It symbolized his grandma’s prayers. She was a Salvation Army officer fighting in a different war. He opened the tattered, red hymnal and sang into the face of our fears:
My Jesus I love thee. I know thou art mine …
I will love thee in life; I will love thee in death,
And praise thee as long as thou lendest me breath;
And say, when the death–dew lies cold on my brow:
If ever I Ioved thee, my Jesus ’tis now.
… As we sang together, our Comforter wrapped us with complete peace. We knew, no matter what, we’d be OK. Even in the midst of our worst fears.