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 Norman Rockwell
The Four Freedoms
1943

First given in Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address, the four freedoms speak to our human spirit. Norman Rockwell masterfully portrayed them in four oil paintings. Each one was printed in The Saturday Evening Post accompanied by essays from noted writers on four consecutive weeks in 1943: Freedom of Speech (February 20), Freedom of Worship (February 27), Freedom from Want (March 6) and Freedom from Fear (March 13).

Over the next four weeks, let’s consider what these four freedoms mean to us as iSissies.

We can well imagine the meaning of Freedom from Fear in its current day – parents watching their children sleep in a world with newspaper headlines about the bombing of London in the Second World War.

So many wise words have been written about fear.

FDR’s first inaugural address in 1933: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Psalm 111:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.”

Prayer for iSissies in the new year……

Freedom from Fear

Lord, Help us to discern the difference between fear that debilitates us and fear that makes us wise.  Let us have healthy fear. We pray for peace in our world and freedom from fear of war and attack. We pray for courage to serve You and others with no thought of limitations. We pray for a strong mind, body and spirit . We pray to take every thought captive to have vision with purpose without fear that we may fail. Thank You for guiding us and preparing us for a blessed year – free from fear. Amen.