Do Not Yield to Fear

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by Kathleen Bolduc


Do not yield to your fear, Mary, for the Lord has found delight in you and has chosen to surprise you with a wonderful gift.

(Luke 1:30, The Passion Translation)


Do not yield to fear.

Wind whispers winter,

Guns thud in distance,

Relationships teeter on brink,

And yet…

You, daughter,

Are a reflection of the Most High God.

His waters bubble up within you,

Overflow, cast ripples spreading ever outward.

Harsh winds may howl,

Bitter sleet will fly,

Blowing away warmth and comfort.

Truth abides deep below surface

Of all that is heard, seen, tasted, touched.

The Lord has found delight in you.

He calls you chosen one.

Yes, you!

Open eyes, ears, heart,

Body, mind, soul,

To gift planted deep within.

Say yes!



Kathleen Bolduc is a spiritual director, co-founder of Cloudland, a contemplative retreat near Oxford, Ohio, and the author of four books, including The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities and Autism & Alleluias.


Kathleen Bolduc has graciously allowed us to re-post her poem here at  You can read more of Kathleen's writings at her blog:


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