"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." (1 John 4:18 NIV)

"AAAHHH!Ē  I awoke with a start in the middle of a scream.  The dream I had been in had been full of drama, death, destruction, fear, fleeing, and seemed to have no escape.  It got worse and worse and just as it seemed I might die my mind could take no more and woke me up. I sat up in the bed breathing hard.  I could feel my heart pounding in my chest.  My hands were shaking.  I got out of bed and stumbled over my still snoring beagle on the floor near my door. I walked out of the bedroom trying to shake the nightmare out of my consciousness. Something seemed wrong, though.  Everything still seemed scary.  The hall light was nothing but a bright blur.  Hazy images floated in front of my face.  I couldnít make out anything clearly. Then I realized what was wrong.  I hadnít put my glasses on.

I felt my way back into the bedroom, picked up my glasses and put them on my face.  I looked down and gently stepped over Snoopy still snoring away in doggy dreamland.  I walked out into the living room.  The clock on the wall read 2:52 A.M.  I walked down the hall and checked on my sonsí room.  They were both still peacefully asleep and our other dog, Fluffy was looking at me from my sonís bed wondering why I was up so early.  I headed back to my room again.  The dream was finally fading from my consciousness.  The dark night seemed peaceful and full of Godís love again.  I took my glasses back off, thanked God for my life with both its blessings and bad dreams, and soon fell back asleep.

Sometimes this life can seem as scary as a nightmare, but when we put on our glasses of faith and truth our vision becomes 20 20 again.  We can see that God loves us all so much.  We can see that death is only a doorway.  We can see that the fears of life can be overcome with the power of love.  May you always see clearly then.  May your heart and life be full of love.

Joseph J. Mazzella

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