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Our Greatest Fear


This past Sunday in worship, Cheryl Peters offered to us her talent for reading poetry. The poem was so well received that I’m sharing it here with you. I hope it brings you the inspiration it brought to worship on Sunday.


Our Greatest Fear - It is our light not our darkness that frightens us


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness

That most frightens us.


We ask ourselves

Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.


Your playing small

Does not serve the world.

There's nothing enlightened about shrinking

So that other people won't feel insecure around you.


We are all meant to shine,

As children do.

We were born to make manifest

The glory of God that is within us.


It's not just in some of us;

It's in everyone.


And as we let our own light shine,

We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we're liberated from our own fear,

Our presence automatically liberates others.


--Marianne Williamson