In this reading, Daniel has a terrifying dream that he cannot interpret himself. He asks one of the heavenly attendants for understanding, but even the explanation does nothing to relieve his fear. Most of us have a fear that is overwhelming. Some of those fears may even defy logic. A tiny mouse can have us screaming and climbing on top of a counter to avoid it. When I am on a balcony, no matter how much I tell myself that the railing is sturdy, I am still afraid of falling.
What are your biggest fears? Are there any that defy logic? Are there any that affect your ability to go through your daily life with a sense of peace and well-being? What coping methods might help to regulate your fear – prayer, talking with a trusted friend, deep breathing, seeking therapy, etc.?
In prayer, lift your fears to God and find comfort in the verse from Isaiah 41:10: “do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”